One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]usually be contused
Injure (a part of the body) without breaking the skin, forming a bruise.‘the whole region beneath the rib cage was contused’
injure, mark, make black and blue, discolour, blacken, hurtView synonyms
- ‘However, it was contused and bruised such that it was unusable as a conduit.’
Late Middle English: from Latin contus- ‘bruised, crushed’, from the verb contundere, from con- ‘together’ + tundere ‘beat, thump’.
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