\ 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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After trouncing Jimmy Carter, Reagan set up a commission to determine whether to revive the gold standard. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The quiet campaign to reinstate the gold standard is getting louder," 3 July 2019 The Tories were trounced in last month’s European Parliament elections, with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party finishing first. Fox News, "Watch: British politician Boris Johnson gives bizarre answer to interview question," 25 June 2019 Squaring off against rivals Two cycles ago, Michigan was trounced in recruiting by Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State as the 2017 team stumbled to a 8-5 finish. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's top-10 2020 recruiting class: 5 thoughts on frantic activity," 23 Mar. 2019 The prediction was that the shoe company, which had trounced the performance of sportier rivals Nike and Under Armour up until 2017, would rebound from a couple of horrific quarters that spurred double-digit-percentage drops in its shares. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Who Won Heard on the Street’s Stock-Picking Contest? No One, Really," 24 Dec. 2018 Steve Bannon went to Italy to root for the neo-fascists and populists who trounced Italy’s traditional parties in this week’s election. Trudy Rubin,, "Populist victory in Italy's election has lessons for U.S. | Trudy Rubin," 7 Mar. 2018 The Mariners would have none of that, erupting in an interminable third inning for eight runs and trouncing the O’s, 13-3, to send them home with only one victory in a very discouraging seven-game West Coast road trip. Peter Schmuck,, "Orioles end seven-game West Coast trip with one victory after 13-3 loss to Mariners," 23 June 2019 Seema Mehta and Phil Willon examine how Democratic rival Gavin Newsom badly beat the former L.A. mayor on his home turf, and Republican businessman John Cox trounced him for the second spot on the November ballot. Christina Bellantoni,, "Watch these congressional races in November," 11 June 2018 Fields struck out seven en route to getting the win on the hill, while helping his cause offensively by belting a double and triple as League City Red trounced rival League City White 12-2 in the winner’s bracket finals game. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "League City Red roasts League City White 12-2 to stay perfect at Pony 14s sectionals," 1 July 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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