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English definition of “shatter”

shatter

verb     /ˈʃæt.ər/ US  /ˈʃæt̬.ɚ/
[I or T] to ( cause something to) break suddenly into very small pieces : The glass shattered into a thousand tiny pieces . His leg was shattered in the accident .Tearing and breaking into pieces [T] to end or severely damage something: The book shattered all her illusions about the Romans . Noisy motorbikes shattered the peace .Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing -shattering     /-ɪŋ/ suffix a confidence-shattering defeat (= one which destroys confidence ) → See also earth-shatteringDamaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
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