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Adjective: bruising  broo-zing
  1. Causing mental or emotional injury
    "a bruising experience"; "protected from the bruising facts of battle"
  2. Brutally forceful and compelling
    "protected from the bruising facts of battle"
Verb: bruise  brooz
  1. Injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of
    "I bruised my knee";
    - contuse
  2. Cause (somebody) emotional pain or offence
    "This remark really bruised my ego";
    - hurt, wound, injure, offend, spite
  3. (cooking) break up into small pieces for food preparation
    "bruise the berries with a wooden spoon and strain them"
  4. Damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure
    "The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them"

See also: forceful, harmful

Type of: arouse, crush, damage, elicit, enkindle [literary], evoke, fire, injure, kindle, provoke, raise, wound

Encyclopedia: Bruising