battering

noun
bat·​ter·​ing | \ ˈba-tə-riŋ How to pronounce battering (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web He was arrested Monday in connection with domestic battering. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, 25 Mar. 2022 In courting voters, Macron has economic successes to point to: The French economy is rebounding faster than expected from the battering of COVID-19, with a 2021 growth rate of 7%, the highest since 1969. John Leicester, ajc, 9 Apr. 2022 He was arrested Monday in connection with domestic battering. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, 25 Mar. 2022 During a violent, destructive period called the Late Heavy Bombardment, Mercury took maybe twice as much battering as the moon did—and our lunar neighbor is completely pockmarked with craters. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 15 Mar. 2022 Following this battering, in a rare direct move to soothe investors' nerves, Beijing has vowed to maintain financial stability and bolster economic growth. Cnn Business, CNN, 16 Mar. 2022 He was arrested Monday in connection with domestic battering. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, 25 Mar. 2022 He was arrested Monday in connection with domestic battering. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, 24 Mar. 2022 Tourism was badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the last couple of years and could take a fresh battering because of Russia's attempted invasion of Ukraine, with citizens of both countries comprising a big chunk of visitors to Egypt. Hatem Maher, ABC News, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of battering

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of battering was in 1542

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Last Updated

14 May 2022

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“Battering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battering. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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