brac·​ing | \ ˈbrā-siŋ How to pronounce bracing (audio) \

Definition of bracing

: giving strength, vigor, or freshness a bracing breeze

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Other Words from bracing

bracingly adverb

Examples of bracing in a Sentence

a chilly but bracing day
Recent Examples on the Web One of the most bracing facts about Michigan's rise in cases is that nearly 40% of the state's residents have already received one dose of the vaccine, according to the state's tracking system. Maeve Reston, CNN, 11 Apr. 2021 Indeed, the most bracing thing about the album is Cyrus’s steadfast rejection of commitment, monogamy, or even romantic love as be-alls and end-alls. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 3 Dec. 2020 Indeed, for today’s readers, perhaps the most bracing paradox in the lectures is the suggestion that professionalism derives higher significance from precisely the inhospitable character of its context. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, 11 June 2020 The president’s virus is a bracing reminder of mortality in an election featuring two septuagenarian candidates. William Mcgurn, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2020 Beyond its practical implications for millions of Americans, the ruling is a bracing defeat for social conservatives, the Trump administration, and the conservative legal movement. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 15 June 2020 But unlike her forebear, Kawakami writes with a bracing lack of sentimentality, particularly when describing the lives of women. Katie Kitamura, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2020 With the system disabled on a bracing 45-degree day, a 30-mph pace was uncomfortable and a 70-mph one bordered on painful. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 16 May 2020 The film won the Berlinale Golden Bear for its bracing portrayal of life in modern-day Iran. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bracing

1752, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bracing was in 1752

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“Bracing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bracing

: pleasantly cool or cold


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