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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bruising mean? 

BRUISING (adjective)
  The adjective BRUISING has 2 senses:

1. causing mental or emotional injury
2. brutally forceful and compelling

  Familiarity information: BRUISING used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

BRUISING (adjective)

Sense 1bruising [BACK TO TOP]


Causing mental or emotional injury

Context examples:

a bruising experience / protected from the bruising facts of battle


harmful (causing or capable of causing harm)

Sense 2bruising [BACK TO TOP]


Brutally forceful and compelling

Context example:

protected from the bruising facts of battle


forceful (characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical))

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