bat·​tered | \ˈba-tərd \

Definition of battered 

1 : damaged or worn down by hard use a battered old hat a battered truck

2 : injured by repeated blows the victim's battered body a boxer's battered face

3 : subjected to repeated physical abuse providing help for battered wives/children … the store turned into an impromptu women's crisis center, where battered women and mothers trying to rescue their daughters from abusive dads gravitated.— Donna Minkowitz

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In August 2016, 11-year-old Yonatan Daniel Aguilar was found dead, battered and malnourished in a closet of his family's tiny Echo Park home. Richard Winton,, "Authorities had previously visited home where boy was found dead under suspicious circumstances," 22 June 2018 In the end, migrant workers simply splashed paint on buildings, many of them architectural monuments, to obscure their battered state, said Anna A. Davydova, a local urban preservation activist. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup’s Provincial Cities," 14 July 2018 At the time, it was seen as yet another loss for a government on the verge of downfall, its battered troops in desperate retreat across the country. Nabih Bulos,, "Rebels surrender southern Syrian enclave, handing Assad another major victory," 7 July 2018 Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health released a study this week based on a survey of more than 3,000 households on the battered island. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "White House defends FEMA after study finds Hurricane Maria killed 5,000 in Puerto Rico," 30 May 2018 The two plants manufacture snacks such as breaded and battered vegetables, cheese and other specialty appetizers. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte-area snack maker to lay off dozens as it closes an aging plant soon," 3 July 2018 And the fact that each wine's individual description was crafted to reflect these horribly repressed and battered characters is wholly unappetizing. Olivia Harrison,, "We're So Relieved Someone Realized The World Doesn't Need A Handmaid's Tale Wine Collection," 11 July 2018 In 1987, there weren't many laws to protect and defend battered women, but now there are and the Michigan Women's Justice and Clemency Project has taken up her cause. Phil Dawson, Detroit Free Press, "Rockford woman who fatally shot her husband 30 years ago gets clemency hearing," 27 June 2018 Also, the Gary Commission for Women received a federal grant to help turn a part-time advocate position at the Rainbow Ark Shelter for battered women and their children into a full-time job at a salary of $27,100. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary church wants zoning clarified for addition of banquet hall," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of battered

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bat·​tered | \ˈba-tərd\

Kids Definition of battered

: worn down or injured by hard use She wore a battered old hat.

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