batter1 /ˈbatə/

b

I. verb [with obj.]

1. strike repeatedly with hard blows

a prisoner was battered to death with a table leg.
2. (often as noun battering) subject (one’s spouse, partner, or child) to repeated violence and assault

outrage at wife-battering and child abuse.
3. censure, criticize, or defeat severely or thoroughly.

(as noun battering)

the film took a battering from critics.
II. derivatives

batterer
noun


– origin Middle English: from Old French batre ‘to beat’ (from Latin battuere) + -er3.

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