plural noun
wound·​ed | \ˈwün-dəd \

Definition of wounded 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: wounded persons



Definition of wounded (Entry 2 of 2)

: injured, hurt by, or suffering from a wound a wounded leg wounded feelings

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It was modeled after the life-size marble statue of a wounded Amazon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Times, "‘A Catharsis Sculpture’: An Artist Makes a Monument to Cancer Survivors," 24 June 2018 Less than two months later, Bruce Leising leaped up to help a wounded comrade and was shot to death in the jungles of Vietnam. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa students create memorials to service members killed in Vietnam," 11 May 2018 Across the United Kingdom crowds, often including wounded servicemen, streamed into town squares and city centers. Brendan Simms, WSJ, "‘Peace at Last’ Review: Remembering Flanders Fields," 11 Nov. 2018 Privacy - Terms The beagle's owner took her wounded dog to the veterinary clinic inside the PetSmart. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Violent confrontation between pit bull and beagle takes a deadly turn at PetSmart," 6 July 2018 Helicopters took the wounded to several local hospitals, and more than 300 police were dispatched to the scene. Time, "Fireworks Explosion Kills 24 People, Injures 49 Near Mexico City," 6 July 2018 Amy Adams stars as a deeply wounded newspaper reporter named Camille Preaker, who returns to her hometown to report on the murder of one teen girl and the disappearance of another — and face her own past. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sharp Objects': Jean-Marc Vallee on Anti-Heroes, Amy Adams and the Battle He Waged (and Lost)," 5 July 2018 The 20-year-old, wounded about 3:10 a.m., was taken to Stroger Hospital and was stable, police said. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "10 people shot, 1 fatally, in 6 hours in Chicago," 14 July 2018 Former vice presidential candidate Palin was the first to speak out about the incident, penning a note accusing Baron Cohen of posing as a wounded soldier. Jean Bentley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?': All the Details (So Far) About the Showtime Comedy," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of wounded

Plural noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wounded

: injured by a weapon

: feeling emotional pain


noun plural

Medical Definition of wounded 

: wounded persons

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