There are 3 definitions of wound in English:


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Pronunciation: /wuːnd



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  • 1Inflict a wound on: the sergeant was seriously wounded (as adjective wounded) a wounded soldier
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    • When soldiers surrounded the house, Mr Shwairah let off eight bursts of gunfire, seriously wounding one of the soldiers.
    • Three of the soldiers that I knew as comrades were seriously wounded by shrapnel and gunfire.
    • He still remembers the day when a deer unexpectedly attacked a former zoo official, seriously wounding him in the arm.
    injure, hurt, damage, harm, maim, mutilate, disable, incapacitate, scar; lacerate, cut, cut to ribbons, graze, scratch, gash, tear, tear apart, hack, rip, puncture, pierce, stab, slash
    informal zap, plug, blast
  • 1.1Injure (a person’s feelings): you really wounded his pride when you turned him down
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    • Challenges of this kind confront their notion of who they are, puncturing their complacency and wounding their egos, so that they are rarely able to resist responding.
    • That purge is wounding enough interests and egos to explain the current rift in the party, whatever else might be hidden in its depths.
    • It's a problem, and it's often more than a matter of not wounding a buddy's ego.
    hurt, hurt the feelings of, scar, damage, harm, injure, insult, slight, offend, give offence to, affront, distress, disturb, upset, make miserable, trouble, discomfort; grieve, sadden, mortify, anguish, pain, sting, cut to the quick, shock, traumatize, cause suffering to, torment, torture, crucify, tear to pieces, gnaw at



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  • He had a sharp and wounding tongue, was perceptive in spotting the vulnerable points of others, and from all accounts was an adept and provocative tease, capable of reducing members of his class to tears.
  • A 33-year-old man connected to the alleged wounding offence remained in a serious but not life-threatening condition in the Royal Bolton Hospital.
  • A shy, sensitive, clearly unhappy boy's troubled relationship with a domineering, thick-skinned father is captured in that single wounding chuckle.


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  • He can also be sharply, woundingly funny about ‘awful old England’, whose charms are not always obvious.
  • More woundingly than that, to be beaten into submission by such otherwise enfeebled opponents would damn him in the eyes of his friends.
  • She told him, quite woundingly, that he had not been so dejected when his own mother died.


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  • I lifted my shirt, revealing my woundless stomach.
  • A pitiful thousand men left from our large expedition stood up to join me, almost none woundless.
  • Everyone can turn a blind eye to the woundless slashes of the lying tongue, the cruel word, the baleful onslaught.


Old English wund (noun), wundian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wond and German Wunde, of unknown ultimate origin.

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  • alternate past and past participle of wind1.

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