V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. an injury without a cut to the skin where the subsurface tissue is damaged; 2. the act of bruising
Synonyms: bruise, injury, discoloration, swelling, wound
Tips: The word contusion originates from the Latin word contundere, "to pound, bruise." Contusion is a more educated and sophisticated way to say "bruise." A common use of the word is "brain contusion."
Following the accident, her brain contusion was not obvious until she began experiencing disorientation. (injury, swelling)
The soccer player's shin is turning blue and purple, indicative of a contusion from yesterday's game. (knock, bruise)
The pain in your elbow is caused by the contusion you suffered while playing volleyball yesterday. (injury, wound)
I hope the contusion on my arm goes away before the party to which I'm wearing a sleeveless gown. (bruise)
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