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."

Usage Examples:

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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