[kuh n-tooz, -tyooz]
verb (used with object), con·tused, con·tus·ing.
to injure (tissue), especially without breaking the skin; bruise.
Origin of contuse
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin contūsus past participle of contundere to bruise, crush, equivalent to con- con- + tud- (variant stem of tundere to beat) + -tus past participle suffix
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Related Words for contuseclobber, mar, demolish, pummel, wreck, beat, shatter, ruin, injure, bruise, cripple, hurt, crush, wallop, buffet, smash, pelt, lash, destroy, punish
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Historical Examples of contuse
The lesser degree of penetrative power, and increased capacity to contuse, possessed by such fragments are obvious.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
(tr) to injure (the body) without breaking the skin; bruise
Word Origin for contuse
C15: from Latin contūsus bruised, from contundere to grind, from tundere to beat, batter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
To injure without breaking the skin; bruise.
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