battered

adjective
bat·​tered | \ ˈba-tərd How to pronounce battered (audio) \

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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To rebuild its battered reputation, USC, among other things, needs to follow through with concrete actions to demonstrate integrity, said David Oates, president of San Diego’s Stalwart Communications. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "USC pays UCSD $50M, and gives the school an apology, for raiding its Alzheimer’s program," 3 July 2019 Whatever his motives in his campaign to rebuild a battered nation, Mussolini understood something of the human longing for purpose and community. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "Mussolini and the End of Liberal Democracy," 25 June 2019 From a subway performer’s battered leather hat devoid of tips, to a bride-to-be’s empty purse, the lack of cash from the economic pressure facing Iran’s 80 million people can be seen everywhere. Nasser Jarunu, BostonGlobe.com, "Iranians say their ‘bones breaking’ under US sanctions," 24 June 2019 From a subway performer’s battered leather hat devoid of tips, to a bride-to-be’s empty purse, the lack of cash from the economic pressure facing Iran’s 80 million people can be seen everywhere. Washington Post, "Iranians say their ‘bones breaking’ under US sanctions," 24 June 2019 Boeing executives spent the week seeking to restore the company’s battered reputation, shunning the customary fanfare of trumpeting billions of dollars of orders. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing Focuses on Safety, Not Sales, at Paris Air Show," 20 June 2019 But manager Brandon Hyde wasn’t inclined to use up any more of his battered bullpen with an afternoon game looming on Wednesday. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Gabriel Ynoa, Orioles find out hard way in 16-2 loss that Oakland Coliseum isn't as big as it looks," 18 June 2019 Bullet holes scarred the passenger seat and left-rear fender of his battered truck. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Surrounded by chaos, Niger is a nation on the edge," 17 June 2019 Worst of all were the chicken nuggets ($14), battered squares of ground chicken that evoked tofu, like a reverse Impossible Burger. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The Vault, San Francisco’s new Financial District blockbuster, comes up empty," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of battered

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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battered

adjective

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)

battered

adjective
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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