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Synonyms for bruise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bruise, contusion(verb)

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


  2. bruise, contuse(verb)

    injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of

    "I bruised my knee"

    spite, wound, injure, contuse, hurt, offend

  3. hurt, wound, injure, bruise, offend, spite(verb)

    hurt the feelings of

    "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised my ego"

    injure, hurt, suffer, smart, violate, shock, appall, wound, transgress, scandalise, pique, contuse, appal, scandalize, outrage, go against, breach, pain, offend, infract, spite, anguish, ache, break

  4. bruise(verb)

    break up into small pieces for food preparation

    "bruise the berries with a wooden spoon and strain them"

    spite, wound, injure, contuse, hurt, offend

  5. bruise(verb)

    damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure

    "The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them"

    spite, wound, injure, contuse, hurt, offend


  1. bruise(noun)

    ecchymosis, contusion

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. bruise

    Strike is the word for a single blow; to beat is to strike repeatedly, as a bird beats the air with its wings. Others of the above words describe the manner of beating, as bastinado, to beat on the soles of the feet; belabor, to inflict a comprehensive and exhaustive beating; cudgel, to beat with a stick; thrash, as wheat was beaten out with the old hand-flail; to pound (akin to Latin pondus, a weight) is to beat with a heavy, and pommel with a blunt, instrument. To batter and to bruise refer to the results of beating; that is battered which is broken or defaced by repeated blows on the surface (compare synonyms for SHATTER); that is bruised which has suffered even one severe contusion. The metaphorical sense of beat, however, so far preponderates that one may be very badly bruised and battered, and yet not be said to be beaten, unless he has got the worst of the beating. To beat a combatant is to disable or dishearten him for further fighting. Hence beat becomes the synonym for every word which implies getting the advantage of another. Compare CONQUER.

    Almost all antonyms in this class are passive, and can be formed indefinitely from the conquering words by the use of the auxiliary be; as, be beaten, be defeated, be conquered, etc.

    bastinado, batter, beat, belabor, castigate, chastise, conquer, cudgel, defeat, flog, overcome, pommel, pound, scourge, smite, spank, strike, surpass, switch, thrash, vanquish, whip, worst

    fail, fall, get the worst of, go down, go under, surrender

    Beat with a stick over the head; beat by a trick; out of town; beat to the ground; into submission.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. bruise(v. a.)

    crush, squeeze, contuse

  2. bruise(v. a.)

    break, batter, pound, bray, pulverize, comminute, triturate, break to pieces

  3. bruise(n.)


PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    blue, contusion, bleu, concussion, bruising

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  • كدمةArabic
  • сіня́кBelarusian
  • синка, натъртвам, натъртвам се, натъртено мястоBulgarian
  • blauCatalan, Valencian
  • modřina, podlitina, otlouct seCzech
  • clais, briwWelsh
  • Bluterguss, blauer FleckGerman
  • μωλωπίζομαιGreek
  • kontuzoEsperanto
  • moretón, salirse moratones, mazar, cardenal, moretonearse, magullar, machacar, moratón, magullarse, maca, amoratarse, estropearseSpanish
  • mukiloida, saada, mustelma, hakata, kolhiintua, kolhiaFinnish
  • talure, bleu, cotissure, contusionner, se cotir, meurtrir, s'abîmer, se faire un bleu, cotir, se taler, contusion, meurtrissure, ecchymose, talerFrench
  • pronnadhScottish Gaelic
  • mazadura, negrón, hematomaGalician
  • horzsolás, zúzódás, ütődésHungarian
  • կապտուկArmenian
  • livido, ammaccaturaItalian
  • あざJapanese
  • დალურჯებული ადგილიGeorgian
  • мо́дринкаMacedonian
  • хөхрүүлэхMongolian
  • rotte plek, [[blauwe]] [[plek]], slaan, beurze plekDutch
  • siniakPolish
  • hematoma, roxoPortuguese
  • julitură, zgâriaRomanian
  • кровоподтёк, мять, поби́тость, ушиби́ться, помя́ть, мя́ться, ушиба́ть, уши́б, помя́ться, ушиби́ть, ушиба́ться, помя́тость, синя́к, подби́тостьRussian
  • ма̀сница, мо̀дрица, màsnica, mòdricaSerbo-Croatian
  • modrina, podliatina, šinkaSlovak
  • modricaSlovene
  • fläck, blåmärkeSwedish
  • chubukoSwahili
  • синя́кUkrainian

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