bruise

If you're just learning to skateboard, you’ve probably got an ugly bruise or two to show for it — those purple and yellow patches you get on your skin where you’ve bumped and scraped. They probably hurt, too!

You can find bruises at the grocery store, too — those soft, mushy spots on a peach or an apple — and if you drop a tomato, you're likely to bruise it. You can bruise your knee or bruise someone's feelings — if you tell your friend you don't like her novel, you’ll bruise her ego.

Primary Meanings of bruise

1.
nv
an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration
injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of
2.
v
damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure
Full Definitions of bruise
1

n an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration

Synonyms:
contusion
Types:
ecchymosis
the purple or black-and-blue area resulting from a bruise
petechia
a minute red or purple spot on the surface of the skin as the result of tiny hemorrhages of blood vessels in the skin (as in typhoid fever)
black eye, mouse, shiner
a swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eye
Type of:
harm, hurt, injury, trauma
any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

v injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of

“I bruised my knee”
Synonyms:
contuse
Types:
crush, jam
crush or bruise
Type of:
injure, wound
cause injuries or bodily harm to

v hurt the feelings of

“This remark really bruised my ego”
Synonyms:
hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
Types:
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affront, diss, insult
treat, mention, or speak to rudely
lacerate
deeply hurt the feelings of; distress
sting
cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging
abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
crush, demolish, smash
humiliate or depress completely
degrade, demean, disgrace, put down, take down
reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
Type of:
arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
2

v damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure

“The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them”
Type of:
damage
inflict damage upon

v break up into small pieces for food preparation

bruise the berries with a wooden spoon and strain them”
Type of:
crush
break into small pieces

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