shatter - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleshattering
past tenseshattered
past participleshattered
  1. 1
    [transitive] to break something suddenly into a lot of small pieces

    One of his knees had been shattered by a bullet.

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    1. a.
      [intransitive] to break suddenly into a lot of small pieces
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to destroy or seriously damage something

    The war has shattered this country’s economy.

    shatter someone’s confidence/hopes/illusions:

    His father’s constant criticism shattered his confidence.