Simple Definition of trample
: to cause damage or pain by walking or stepping heavily on something or someone
: to treat other people's rights, wishes, or feelings as if they are worthless or not important
Full Definition of trample
tram·pledtram·pling play \-p(ə-)liŋ\
1 : tramp; especially : to tread heavily so as to bruise, crush, or injure
2 : to inflict injury or destruction especially contemptuously or ruthlessly —usually used with on, over, or upon <trampling on the rights of others>
: to crush, injure, or destroy by or as if by treading <trampled the flowers>
Examples of trample
The workmen trampled on my flower bed.
Her glasses were trampled underfoot by the crowd.
Many people were trampled to death trying to escape the burning building.
They are trampling on our rights.
They are trampling our rights.
Their most cherished traditions have been trampled.
Origin of trample
Middle English, frequentative of trampen to tramp
First Known Use: 14th century
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