\ 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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And Democrats got trounced in the 2010 midterms after passing the Affordable Care Act on a party-line vote. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Mitch McConnell: if Republicans do well in the midterms, we’ll try to repeal Obamacare," 18 Oct. 2018 Wednesday: Charlotte trounced Lehigh Valley 6-1, behind Poturalski (two goals) and Roy (a goal and two assists). Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "The Charlotte Checkers have won 5 straight games. Now for the really good news. | Charlotte Observer," 8 Apr. 2018 Sinema prevailed while the Democratic candidate for governor, David Garcia, ran as an avowed progressive and got trounced by Republican incumbent Doug Ducey. Nicholas Riccardi, The Seattle Times, "Democrat Sinema wins Arizona Senate seat running as centrist," 13 Nov. 2018 Brown then easily won a special election in 2016, trouncing the Republican candidate by 8 percentage points. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Oregon’s incumbent Democrat faces tight race for governor," 26 Oct. 2018 Russia opens with emphatic win June 14: Russia 5, Saudi Arabia 0 Host nation Russia made a statement in the tournament's first match, trouncing Saudi Arabia. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Top 10 World Cup moments: Heroics from Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Hirving Lozano," 29 June 2018 Fischer won the Democratic primary with approximately 75 percent of the vote, trouncing four opponents, while Leet beat fellow Republican Bob DeVore with 66 percent of the vote. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Greg Fischer and Angela Leet win primary races for Louisville mayor," 22 May 2018 Beadnose also trounced 854 Divot, a female whose nickname derived from her habit of digging holes next to the river and who is known for stealing fish from anglers’ lines. Karin Brulliard, The Seattle Times, "America’s fattest bear has now been crowned," 9 Oct. 2018 The outgoing governor is from the Democratic Party, which was trounced in the national parliamentary election held last month. Fox News, "Italian region votes as political leaders spar over future," 29 Apr. 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 How to pronounce trounce (audio) \
trounced; trouncing

Kids Definition of trounce

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

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