• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bruising brutally forceful and compelling "protected from the bruising facts of battle"
    • adj bruising causing mental or emotional injury "a bruising experience","protected from the bruising facts of battle"- John Mason Brown"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bruising In flax-working, the process of passing flax, after retting, between grooved rollers, to break the woody portion; scutching.
    • n bruising A method of treating hides by rubbing the grained side with a graining-board.
    • n bruising In wine-making, the process of pounding or stamping grapes with a wooden maul or pestle, to soften the skins and fleshy part.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • p.adj Bruising boxing
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  • Anne Bradstreet
    Anne Bradstreet
    “Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than to polish.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The marks you receive in the school of experience are mostly bruises.”
  • Euripides
    “Of all things upon earth that bleed and grow, a herb most bruised is woman.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brýsan, to crush, with which, says Dr Murray, afterwards coalesced Fr. brisie-r; bruisier, bruser, to break.


In literature:

Then comes the dry-off and the rub-down, which seems to soothe all your bruises.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
The long straggling roots are shortened, and bruised portions cut off with a sharp knife.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
When the congestion subsides, the skin has a bruised appearance.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Her hands were cut and bleeding, her heart was beating wildly, already her body was sore and bruised.
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
The superintendent, his wife and daughter, and a friend, were badly bruised, but none of them seriously injured.
"Danger Signals" by John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
He buried her little hand in his big brown paw, a friendly smile beaming through the disfigurements of his bruised face.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
His initial introduction to this village had left him bruised and with one of his headaches.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
But with this thought came others that crushed and bruised him.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
Blood and bruises were much in evidence.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
You're lucky you got off with just a bruise, Tom!
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton

In poetry:

“Fool that I was! my spirit frets
And marvels at the humbling truth,
That I have deigned to spend regrets
On my bruised youth.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
What mean ye that ye bruise and bind
My people, saith the Lord,
And starve your craving brother's mind,
Who asks to hear my word?
"What Mean Ye?" by Anonymous Americas
No world's work ever comes to me,
No beggar brings his misery;
I have no power, no healing art
With bruised soul or broken heart.
"Nameless Pain" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Though dragons all around us roar
With their destructive breath,
And thine own hand has bruised us sore
Hard by the gates of death.
"Psalm 44" by Isaac Watts
Shame, disappointment, and care,
Bruises and knocks, bruises and knocks,
Such is their portion who dare
Walk arm-in-arm with a fox.
"To Foxes" by Menella Bute Smedley
In this whirl of wild confusion
Who shall guide the weary soul?
Who shall heal the heart's contusion,
And the bruised reed make whole?
"Written In An Album (II)" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell

In news:

The evidence can include taking pictures of bruises, swabs of sexual fluids or hair.
Sunday afternoon (July 15), the singer posted the picture seen here, which shows his eyelid all red and purple, bruised after a little accident which apparently involved his guitar.
Pop singer Lady Gaga posted images on Twitter of the bruises she sustained during a New Zealand concert.
Pop star Lady Gaga has a lot to remember New Zealand by - including some nasty bruises.
Thoroughbred racing got further bruises April 30 during an allegation-ridden congressional hearing into equine health and medication issues that furthered a call for federal intervention—at least on some level.
Tim Farrell/The Star-Ledger Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn missed today's training-camp practice with a thigh bruise.
Bone bruise in knee doesn't prevent Portland Trail Blazer 's Nicolas Batum from playing.
Rice was out of his walking boot Thursday but missed his second-straight practice due to a bruised foot.
Unions dealt bruising blow in Michigan.
Syracuse football team goes blue-collar with bruising backs and physical offensive line.
Knicks' Raymond Felton suffers bone bruise.
He has missed the past two games with a lower back bruise.
As if the bumps and bruised egos hurt any less today.
Does she mean bruises from rough sexual play or bruises from smashing knees against.
Meet Bruise , a SuicideGirl who gets hot over…wait for it… bruises .