wound

A wound is a serious injury, especially a deep cut through the skin. But things like pride and feelings can also get wounded.

Wounds are serious: we're talking a lot worse than just a scrape or booboo. Just about all the meanings of this word have to do with being hurt. If you got stabbed, you got a stab wound. Soldiers in battle get a lot of wounds from enemies. If someone told you to shut up, they might wound your feelings. If you slipped in a puddle in front of your friends, that might wound your pride.

Definitions of wound
  1. noun
    an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)
    synonyms: lesion
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    raw wound
    a wound that exposes subcutaneous tissue
    stigmata
    marks resembling the wounds on the crucified body of Christ
    abrasion, excoriation, scrape, scratch
    an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
    cut, gash, slash, slice
    a wound made by cutting
    laceration
    a torn ragged wound
    bite
    a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person
    graze
    a superficial abrasion
    rope burn
    abrasion (usually on the hands) caused by friction from a rope
    dog bite
    a bite inflicted by a dog
    snakebite
    a bite inflicted by a (venomous) snake
    type of:
    harm, hurt, injury, trauma
    any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
  2. noun
    the act of inflicting a wound
    synonyms: wounding
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    damage, harm, hurt, scathe
    the act of damaging something or someone
  3. noun
    a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat
    synonyms: combat injury, injury
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    blighty wound
    a wound that would cause an English soldier to be sent home from service abroad
    flesh wound
    a wound that does not damage important internal organs or shatter any bones
    type of:
    loss, personnel casualty
    military personnel lost by death or capture
  4. noun
    a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)
    “he feared that mentioning it might reopen the wound
    “deep in her breast lives the silent wound
    “"The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound--that he will never get over it"--Robert Frost”
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    distress, hurt, suffering
    psychological suffering
  5. verb
    cause injuries or bodily harm to
    synonyms: injure
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    trample
    injure by trampling or as if by trampling
    concuss
    injure the brain; sustain a concussion
    calk
    injure with a calk
    excruciate, torment, torture
    subject to torture
    overstretch, pull
    strain abnormally
    shock, traumatise, traumatize
    inflict a trauma upon
    maim
    injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation
    rick, sprain, turn, twist, wrench, wrick
    twist suddenly so as to sprain
    subluxate
    sprain or dislocate slightly
    disable, handicap, incapacitate, invalid
    injure permanently
    harm
    cause or do harm to
    run down, run over
    injure or kill by running over, as with a vehicle
    break, fracture
    fracture a bone of
    hit, pip, shoot
    hit with a missile from a weapon
    knife, stab
    use a knife on
    scrape, skin
    bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of
    bruise, contuse
    injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of
    graze
    break the skin (of a body part) by scraping
    mace
    spray with a liquid that irritates the eyes and temporarily disables a person
    rack
    torture on the rack
    martyr, martyrise, martyrize
    torture and torment like a martyr
    sicken
    make sick or ill
    mar, mutilate
    destroy or injure severely
    cripple, lame
    deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg
    hock
    disable by cutting the hock
    gun down
    strike down or shoot down
    grass
    shoot down, of birds
    kneecap
    shoot in the kneecap, often done by terrorist groups as a warning
    poniard
    stab with a poniard
    bayonet
    stab or kill someone with a bayonet
    crush, jam
    crush or bruise
    type of:
    hurt
    give trouble or pain to
  6. verb
    hurt the feelings of
    synonyms: bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite
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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
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    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  7. adjective
    put in a coil
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    coiled
    curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals)
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