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batterer

[bat-er-er] /ˈbæt ər ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that batters.
2.
a person who inflicts violent physical abuse upon a child, spouse, or other person.
Origin of batterer
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; batter1 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for batterer
Contemporary Examples
  • But a man who is already a batterer, he is probably going to abuse his partner more often in a stressful situation.

    Why Women Stay Will Doig April 14, 2009
  • It tore me apart Friday when I heard that Rihanna was already planning to reconcile with her batterer.

Historical Examples
  • It is Ocean, usurper of Earth's deepest vales, besieger of islands, batterer of continents.

    The Masque of the Elements Herman Scheffauer
British Dictionary definitions for batterer

batterer

/ˈbætərə/
noun
1.
  1. a person who batters someone
  2. (in combination): baby-batterer, wife-batterer
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