\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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Last year, the Democrats trounced the Republicans, 11-2. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Rep. Brooks says he's moved on from shooting and is 'ready for a good ballgame'," 14 June 2018 But more recently, Nadal had twice trounced Thiem on clay, losing only nine games in five sets. New York Times, "Dominic Thiem Stuns Rafael Nadal on Madrid Clay," 11 May 2018 Contrast that with how Europe’s most muscular mainstream politician, Emmanuel Macron, managed to trounce one of Europe’s most muscular europhobes, Marine Le Pen. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Finding the Right Right for Europe," 5 July 2018 Noatak, the top seed in the Class 1A boys bracket, used 25 points from Robert Sheldon and 24 from Amos Sage to trounce Alakanuk 83-30. Anchorage Daily News, "Scammon Bay girls romp as they begin their quest for another basketball crown," 15 Mar. 2018 But Nehlen was trounced by Ryan (R-Wis.) in 2016 and has since been denounced even by Breitbart for his increasingly extreme tone. Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP returns dues from Paul Ryan challenger as top leaders denounce Paul Nehlen as racist," 13 Feb. 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp is easily trouncing the competition, including horror offering The First Purge, which opened on July Fourth to get a jump on the superhero tentpole. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Box Office: 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Soaring to $80M-Plus U.S. Debut," 7 July 2018 And Everything Is Love, the surprise album that Beyoncé and Jay-Z released as the Carters that trounced everything in its general vicinity as an event release is closer to traditional length at just under 40 minutes. Dan Deluca,, "Welcome to Tierra Whack's 'Whack World': The North Philly rapper only needs 15 minutes of your time," 22 June 2018 The Checkers dropped a 2-1 decision Friday in Game 1 but rebounded in a big way Saturday, trouncing the Phantoms 6-0. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "Power plays to penalties: 5 reasons to get excited about the Charlotte Checkers | Charlotte Observer," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of trounce

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trounce

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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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