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trounce (v.)

1550s, "to trouble, afflict, harass," later "to beat, thrash" (1560s), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to French troncer "to cut, cut off a piece from," from tronce "piece of timber," from Old French tronc (see trunk (n.1)). Related: Trounced; trouncing.

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Definitions of trounce from WordNet

trounce (v.)
beat severely with a whip or rod;
The children were severely trounced
Synonyms: flog / welt / whip / lather / lash / slash / strap
trounce (v.)
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict;
Synonyms: beat / beat out / crush / shell / vanquish
trounce (v.)
censure severely or angrily;
Synonyms: call on the carpet / take to task / rebuke / rag / lecture / reprimand / jaw / dress down / call down / scold / chide / berate / bawl out / remonstrate / chew out / chew up / have words / lambaste / lambast
From wordnet.princeton.edu