\ 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 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 After his district was redrawn after the 2010 federal census, Walsh was trounced by Sen. Tammy Duckworth two years later. Tribune Staff With News Services,, "Who are the Republicans challenging Donald Trump in the 2020 primaries?," 25 Sep. 2019 The Warriors trounced Cleveland at Oracle Arena in Games 1 and 2, and the only drama occured in Game 3 as Kevin Durant buried a 26-foot triple to take the lead in the final minute. Michael Shapiro,, "Ranking the Best NBA Finals of the Past Decade," 16 Sep. 2019 The Granite State governor vetoed three bills that would have trounced the state’s constitution and done nothing to stop mass shootings. John Fund, National Review, "Chris Sununu Isn’t Panicking on Gun Control," 11 Aug. 2019 On her way to becoming Chicago’s 56th mayor, long-shot Lori Lightfoot trounced a historic number of candidates by brandishing her experience as a former federal prosecutor and her promise to clean up City Hall. Gregory Pratt,, "Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot 100 days in — reform at City Hall still a work in progress: ‘We haven’t declared victory, but I think we’ve taken some very positive steps’," 28 Aug. 2019 Neal trounced his 2018 primary opponent with more than 70 percent of the vote, and the congressman has nearly $4 million in cash to use to defend his seat in Congress. Victoria Mcgrane,, "‘The era of waiting your turn is being dismantled’: Democrats line up to run for Congress in Mass.," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of trounce

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trounce

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The first known use of trounce was in 1868

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16 Nov 2019

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“Trounce.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 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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