\ 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 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 Their volunteers trounced a group of intelligence analysts who had access to classified information. David Epstein, The Denver Post, "Commentary: We aren’t as open-minded as we think," 22 July 2019 Mississippi State trounces Stanford to bring the Cardinal’s season to an abrupt conclusion., "Down, down goes the Pac-12; OSU Beavers, Oregon Ducks look to next year: Diamonds & Dust," 10 June 2019 The Finnish's performance was far from enough as Leverkusen were trounced despite a decent outing from the shot-stopper., "Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Reus Shines for BVB," 14 Sep. 2019 In 2015, amid the firing of former coach Al Golden, Miami was trounced 59-21. David Furones,, "Game time: Fast facts, keys to Miami Hurricanes at North Carolina," 6 Sep. 2019 His victory returned the district, which covered much of Lake County, part of northwest Cook County and eastern McHenry County, to its GOP roots during a year that Democrats, nationally, were trounced. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Who is Joe Walsh? Meet the controversial radio host and former Illinois congressman challenging Trump in 2020," 23 Aug. 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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2 Nov 2019

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The first known use of trounce was in 1868

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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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