\ˈtrau̇n(t)s \
trounced; trouncing

Definition of trounce 

transitive verb

: to thrash or punish severely especially : to defeat decisively

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Examples of trounce in a Sentence

our candidate trounced her opponent in the election, winning with 76% of the vote

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Even after Democrats were trounced in 2016, Pelosi was able to convince her members to stick together and vote against GOP bills, including last year’s massive tax cuts. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Nancy Pelosi’s last stand," 23 July 2018 The behemoth AC72s are about harnessing power while staying upright, a skill Ellison's Oracle team had mastered in 2010, when Oracle's 90-foot wing-sail trimaran trounced Bertarelli's traditional-sail catamaran. Luke O'brien, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 1 Sep. 2013 Playing against the Browns and one of the most exciting young quarterbacks in the NFL, Baker Mayfield, Rivers and the Chargers trounced Cleveland 38-14. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "At Age 36, Philip Rivers Is as Sharp as Ever," 14 Oct. 2018 Minutes earlier the Phoenix Mercury had trounced her Indiana Fever, 95-77, namely because of a second quarter that saw the Fever called for 11 fouls and the Mercury take and hit 15 free throws. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Phoenix Mercury trounce Indiana Fever, 95-77," 29 June 2018 Ocasio-Cortez stunned the Democratic establishment by trouncing the plans for Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) to become the next big name in the House. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Could Ex-NAACP Leader Ben Jealous Become the 1st Black Governor of Maryland?," 28 June 2018 The Three Lions won their first two games, trouncing Panama 6-1 in the process. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 16 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Knockout Stage," 29 June 2018 The Bentayga takes its revenge on top speed (187 mph, trouncing the Cullinan’s 155). Eric Adams, WIRED, "Rolls-Royce Reveals the $325,000 Cullinan, Its Rowdy, Regal SUV," 10 May 2018 Not surprisingly, Delta has been trouncing rivals financially. Michael Sasso,, "Delta Airfares Show Targeting the Wealthy Is a Winning Strategy," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of trounce

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trounce

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of trounce

: to defeat (someone or something) easily and thoroughly


\ˈtrau̇ns \
trounced; trouncing

Kids Definition of trounce

1 : to beat severely : flog

2 : to defeat thoroughly

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