\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web The Ti-Cats trounced the Argos 64-14 in Toronto in Week 2 and 38-27 in Hamilton in Week 12. Ryan Dodson, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Argonauts at Tiger-Cats odds: Hamilton getting double-digit points at home," 1 Nov. 2019 Bernie Sanders trounces the competition among younger voters, with 31% of likely voters under age 50 backing him. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Jeff Sessions is "seriously considering" Senate bid for his old seat," 29 Oct. 2019 Twitter is far from the most popular social media platform; on sheer numbers, Facebook trounces it. Nathaniel Friedman, The New Republic, "Moments Without Truth," 21 Oct. 2019 Kais Saied trounced his opponent in Tunisia’s presidential election. The Economist, "Politics this week," 19 Oct. 2019 In fact, looking back on news coverage from January 2007, when Netflix transitioned to streaming, there was much made of the threat of Apple TV and similar services — and of course, Netflix trounced them all. Washington Post, "Netflix’s Dizzying Valuation Faces Biggest Test Yet," 3 Apr. 2019 Parties with policies aimed in particular at promoting lower castes were trounced, as Modi’s appeal to a common Hindu heritage trumped caste consciousness. Washington Post, "India’s Caste System," 25 Oct. 2019 His political patron, President Poroshenko, got trounced in a presidential election in April. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "Meet the Ukrainian Ex-Prosecutor Behind the Impeachment Furor," 5 Oct. 2019 They got trounced both times, wholly unready for the Warriors’ brand of humbling. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets media day primer: Nikola Jokic’s MVP ceiling, Jamal Murray’s money and the privilege of pressure," 27 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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30 Nov 2019

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“Trounce.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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