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trounce Syllabification: trounce

Definition of trounce in English:


[with object]
1Defeat heavily in a contest: the Knicks trounced the Rockets on Sunday
More example sentences
  • Fylde gained ample revenge for an earlier 6-1 defeat by trouncing Arnside Reserves 10-1.
  • Bury suffered their worst ever Football League Cup defeated when they were trounced 10-by West Ham.
  • He jumped and travelled really well in that particular contest, as he trounced his opponent by 20 lengths.
1.1Rebuke or punish severely: some shows were trounced by critics
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  • Critics trounced it, because that's what they do... they're fickle like that.
  • Meanwhile, the young woman in the leather suit had trounced several of the black-clad thugs.
  • On more than one occasion, a self-appointed individual would take it upon himself to give me a severe trouncing.


Example sentences
  • Again, I am not a trouncer, but I want to say I feel it's legitimate to express a concern, and being compared to McCarthyite witchhunting, if that is the incident you refer to, is not a fair analogy.
  • How dare he even mention her name when he is one of the worst trouncers of human rights everywhere?
  • It was a close game, and from the early exchanges to the nail-biting finish, both teams gave everything they had - South Africa giving just that little bit more than their English counterparts to run out 36-0 trouncers.


Mid 16th century (also in the sense 'afflict'): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with trounce

announce, bounce, denounce, flounce, fluid ounce, jounce, mispronounce, ounce, pounce, pronounce, renounce
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