battering

noun bat·ter·ing \ ˈba-tə-riŋ \
|Updated on: 29 Jun 2018

Definition of battering

1 : violent physical abuse that usually involves the act of striking someone repeatedly or heavily in order to cause injury
  • Feminists turned violence against women, previously a well-kept secret, into a public political issue; made rape, incest, battering and sexual harassment understood as crimes; and got public funding for shelters for battered women.
  • The Nation
2 : a damaging experience or situation : an injury, setback, or defeat
  • That was the year Canada rebounded from a 28–4 battering in the round-robin to beat the U.S. 17–16 in the championship final …
  • —Bob Kravitz
  • While her confidence took a battering [=was damaged], she kept a game face throughout the season.
  • —Sally Bedell Smith

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1542

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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