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

Definition of bracing

: giving strength, vigor, or freshness a bracing breeze

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bracingly adverb

Examples of bracing in a Sentence

a chilly but bracing day

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The tariffs Trump envisioned, which would begin at five per cent but could reach as high as twenty-five per cent by the fall, are a particularly bracing prospect at the current moment. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "How Trump’s Tariff Threat Could Outsource the Asylum Crisis to Mexico," 19 June 2019 The most bracing pieces are sometimes the least defensible. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Post-Liberal Dead End," 7 June 2019 Cecil Taylor, a pianist who challenged the jazz tradition that produced him and became one of the most bracing, rhapsodic, abstract and original improvisers of his time, died on Thursday at his home in Brooklyn. Ben Ratliff, New York Times, "Cecil Taylor, Pianist Who Defied Jazz Orthodoxy, Is Dead at 89," 6 Apr. 2018 Her evisceration of these egotistical wannabes — everybody will recognize at least a few of the characters — might be even more bracing at close range. Margaret Gray,, "The 99-Seat Beat: 'Improvised Musical' at Second City, 'Kitteridge' writer's adoption drama," 4 May 2018 That's why an approach that is poison to a good chunk of the political and media world could be a bracing tonic for the president's supporters in the midterms. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Backlash against border policy grows, but furor could help Trump in midterms," 20 June 2018 The bright lime juice and herbaceous cilantro are most bracing straight out of the blender. Bon Appetit, "Charred Tomato Salsa," 28 May 2018 Ironically, a new and far more bracing example of the genre was just getting underway across town. Christopher Knight,, "Lauren Halsey takes a fantastic voyage in MOCA's 'we still here, there'," 24 May 2018 Removing the barriers faced by underrepresented groups would not transform the profession overnight, but would inject a bracing gust of competition into the field’s imperfect meritocracy. The Economist, "Barriers to entry," 10 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bracing

: pleasantly cool or cold

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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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