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Adjective: crushing  krú-shing
  1. Physically or spiritually devastating; often used in combination
    "a crushing rejection"; "bone-crushing"; "a crushing blow";
    - devastating
Noun: crushing  krú-shing
  1. Forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority
    "the crushing of heresy";
    - suppression, quelling, stifling
Verb: crush  krúsh
  1. To compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
    "crush an aluminium can";
    - squash, squelch, mash, squeeze
     
  2. Dominate or subjugate by unjust use of one's authority and power
    "The government crushes political activists";
    - oppress, suppress
     
  3. Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    - beat, beat out, shell, trounce, vanquish
     
  4. Break into small pieces
    "The car crushed the toy"
     
  5. Humiliate or depress completely
    "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation";
    - smash, demolish
     
  6. Hurt or bruise with a squashing force
    "crush a toe";
    - jam
     
  7. Make ineffective
    "Martin Luther King tried to crush racial discrimination";
    - break down
     
  8. Become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure
    "The plastic bottle crushed against the wall"

Derived forms: crushings

See also: destructive

Type of: abase, alter, bar, break, break up, bruise, chagrin, change, come apart, contuse, defeat, fall apart, fragment, fragmentise [Brit], fragmentize, get the better of, humble, humiliate, modify, mortify, overcome, press, prevention, separate, split up

Encyclopedia: Crushing

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