bruis·​ing | \ ˈbrü-ziŋ How to pronounce bruising (audio) \

Definition of bruising

: arduous, taxing a long and bruising courtroom battle

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Recent Examples on the Web In many cases, however, voters appeared jaded by an election cycle that devolved into one of the most bruising and divisive in recent memory. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "How ‘Defund the Police’ Roiled Competitive Races in New York," 6 Nov. 2020 The University of Maryland, College Park has been at the center of most of the bruising scandals, most notably the death of a 19-year-old football player Jordan McNair and ensuing reports of a troubled culture within the athletic department. Talia Richman,, "He made his way on scholarship. Now he aims to open door to others as University System of Maryland chancellor," 9 Nov. 2019 Even Mr Macron’s domestic standing has started to recover, having taken a bruising soon after coming into office. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron on Europe’s fragile place in a hostile world," 7 Nov. 2019 Adding to the challenges for Chief Justice Roberts, the Supreme Court’s latest term, which ended in June, was particularly bruising and divisive. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Battle Tests Supreme Court’s Chief Justice," 7 Oct. 2018 Marcus ends her book by wondering whether the neutral ideal of the court can survive the bruising battle of Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, "How the Republican Party Took Over the Supreme Court," 7 Apr. 2020 The new normal Friday marked an end to what has already been a bruising earnings season for the world’s largest oil companies. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "ExxonMobil’s CEO is banking on a return to normal—but most others in the energy business aren’t so sure," 1 May 2020 That did not stop them from using their second pick in the draft on the bruising and proficient A.J. Dillon, who ran for 4,382 yards and 38 touchdowns at Boston College. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Running Backs, Drafted Late, Are Still Coveted in the N.F.L.," 27 Apr. 2020 Morgan has bruising words for British leaders, as well. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Piers Morgan says his friend President Trump is 'failing the American people'," 19 Apr. 2020

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Bruising.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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: extremely rough or painful

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