battle scar

noun

: a scar from a wound suffered in battle
… a man removed his Yankees cap to show a battle scar—received, he said, when he was a 14-year-old carrying a Kalashnikov in Lebanon's civil war.Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2005
often used figuratively
As forerunners of third-wave American folk music, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers now bear many battle scars from their run-ins with pop culture in the 20 years they've been performing.Karen Iris Tucker, The Advocate, 30 Mar. 2004
battle-scarred adjective
As battle-scarred gamblers are fond of saying, the only way to be sure you come out ahead is to buy the casino. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 1 Aug. 2005

Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of battle scar was in 1813

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“Battle scar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battle%20scar. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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