\ ˈtrau̇n(t)s How to pronounce trounce (audio) \
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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The Finnish's performance was far from enough as Leverkusen were trounced despite a decent outing from the shot-stopper., "Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Reus Shines for BVB," 14 Sep. 2019 In 2015, amid the firing of former coach Al Golden, Miami was trounced 59-21. David Furones,, "Game time: Fast facts, keys to Miami Hurricanes at North Carolina," 6 Sep. 2019 His victory returned the district, which covered much of Lake County, part of northwest Cook County and eastern McHenry County, to its GOP roots during a year that Democrats, nationally, were trounced. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Who is Joe Walsh? Meet the controversial radio host and former Illinois congressman challenging Trump in 2020," 23 Aug. 2019 Considering what happened last season, Maryland should be fired up for those two after getting run over in the second half by the Fighting Illini at Madison Square Garden and being trounced by the Nittany Lions by 17 in State College. Don Markus,, "Three takeaways from Maryland’s Big Ten men’s basketball schedule," 23 Aug. 2019 The first time was in 1929, just a few short months before the stock market was trounced in one of the worst crashes in history during the Great Depression. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Yes Stocks are Overvalued. But by How Much? Here’s What History Tells Us," 31 July 2019 The goal is obviously to create the best possible team, whether that's just to finish out single-player missions or to trounce your online competition. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "NBA 2K20 offers some of the best virtual basketball you'll ever play," 10 Sep. 2019 The Miami Dolphins look like front-runners for the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft after getting trounced 59-10 by the Baltimore Ravens. John Clayton, The Denver Post, "The AFC is worse than we thought, and more NFL Week 1 takeaways," 10 Sep. 2019 Shortly after Mr Macri’s victory, in Venezuela the opposition trounced the United Socialist Party of Nicolás Maduro in a parliamentary election, the last free contest that country has seen. The Economist, "Will South America’s “pink tide” return?," 5 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce trounce (audio) \
trounced; trouncing

Kids Definition of trounce

1 : to beat severely : flog
2 : to defeat thoroughly

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