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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Dine at one of our favorite tucked away counter restaurants, which serves wonderful, lightly battered tempura using the freshest of vegetables and fish. Scott Gilman, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Japan," 5 Oct. 2016 Today, many old and battered Winnebagos number among the thousands of motor homes that line the streets of Los Angeles, from the San Fernando Valley to the Westside to the Harbor area. Luis Sinco,, "'Castaways' in motor homes feel stranded on society's fringe," 2 Mar. 2018 Wells Fargo has initiated a raft of other reforms intended to protect its customers and rebuild its battered reputation, detailed on its website. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "Punishing Wells Fargo: Just Deserts, or Beating a Dead Horse?," 19 Apr. 2018 Three days later, his battered body was found on the bank of the Hatchie River. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "Reopening of 1940 Elbert Williams case part of national effort to bring justice to civil rights heroes," 17 Aug. 2018 The battered face of Saturn's frigid moon Dione gets a close-up in a gorgeous photo by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Mike Wall,, "Saturn's Icy Moon Dione Shines in Stunning Cassini Photo," 12 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of battered

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of battered

: damaged by being used too much or in a careless way
: badly injured by being hit many times
: physically hurt by another person (such as a husband or parent)


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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