bat·​tered ˈba-tərd How to pronounce battered (audio)
: damaged or worn down by hard use
a battered old hat
a battered truck
: injured by repeated blows
the victim's battered body
a boxer's battered face
: 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

Examples of battered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web French toast becomes Italian Toast ($18) when a sweet, battered batard is stuffed with Nutella. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 20 Feb. 2024 Survivability is exactly what the Ukrainian navy’s battered riverine flotilla needs right now. David Axe, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The battered man, police say, returned to the synagogue following the incident. Grethel Aguila, Miami Herald, 19 Feb. 2024 The cross-cultural encounter begins in the year 1600, when a battered European ship emerges out of the pre-dawn fog off the coast of a Japanese fishing village. TIME, 7 Feb. 2024 Netanyahu, however, has stood firm on his demands that Hamas be destroyed and Gaza disarmed as Israel oversees security in the battered enclave of more than 2 million Palestinians. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2024 The United States launched scores of strikes across the Middle East over the weekend as Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken set out for the region to push forward negotiations to secure the release of Israelis still held hostage in Gaza and get more humanitarian aid into the battered enclave. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 Emergency help for the battered economy also pushed the national debt to a new high of $34 trillion, or more than 120 percent of annual economic output, aggravating a long-term threat to the nation’s prosperity, some economists say. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2024 The United Nations’ highest court said on Friday that Israel must take action to prevent acts of genocide by its forces in the Gaza Strip, adding to the international pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reduce death and destruction in the battered Palestinian enclave. Michael Levenson, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of battered was in 1593

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“Battered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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