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Definition of battered adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually before noun] attacked violently and injured; attacked and badly damaged by weapons or by bad weather battered women/children The child had suffered what has become known as “battered baby syndrome.” Rockets and shells continued to hit the battered port. After the hurricane, thousands were rescued from the battered coastal towns.
  2. 2old, used a lot, and not in very good condition a battered old car
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