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causing mental or emotional injury

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brutally forceful and compelling

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An album about finding order, drawing upon images of nature and sung in his bruisingly sweet angelic voice, it drifts down soulful pastoral streams with the acoustic River Song and the swirling, Radiohead-like The Drinking Tree, a comparison equally not out of place on Fake Eyelash, a song that survives some arch poetic imagery to emerge as one of the album's more shiveringly spooky highlights.
In a year when at least 15 teams have a genuine chance to win, the bruisingly competitive divisions of the AFC East and West and the NFC South must be avoided in the search for value.
bruisingly when set against the context of the emergence of the poem,
(22) The stuttering, slippery movement of terror's simultaneous intimacy and aloofness, identification and othering, is bruisingly captured in testimonials of torture survivors like Sister Dianna Ortiz and others.
Focusing on the social and emotional interaction between Suzanne - who, at 35, is attempting to make a new life for herself - and her foster son and a young lover, it has been described as a bruisingly accurate portrait of a loser while also capturing in a sparky way the poignant confusion of teenagers brought up by parents who are more infantile than they are.
If this scene seems a tad less effective on-screen than it was on stage, it may be because the film's bruisingly graphic gaze redoubles the emotional force of everything that precedes and follows.
Now he's shattered but happy after a bruisingly successful two-hour 40-minute battle with a 16-stone Pentland porbeagle that reached 7ft 10ins.
He asks his parents, "Do I have AIDS?" "What will happen to me when I die?" Even Benjamin's best friend who visits him in his last days at the hospital asks the question, "Can I have your Legos?" an inquiry both humorous and bruisingly forthright.
He was bruisingly awakened to racial prejudice as a Catholic school eighth grader denied a scholarship despite making straight A's, and afterward nursed a social consciousness that inclined him to the city's 1930s radicalism and ultimately activism under a variety of banners for progressive causes.
Until two years ago, two of the district's three seats were held by Democrats, and the current legislature has received some bruisingly bad publicity for cost overruns on the renovation of the county office building in Kingston.
In a tumultuous career, the turbulent narrative of which a phalanx of the finest parameter-shifting scriptwriters would fail to emulate, has there ever been a band that has bypassed convention more adroitly than the Manics, yet at the same time remained as brilliantly vital, creatively alive and bruisingly honest?
Stafford-Clark is better known for his work in new plays--exactly what Shakespeare's most compressed tragedy is here bruisingly seen to be.
Multi-part vocals overlap and cascade in complex patterns, driven by a ringing tres guitar, maracas, metal guiro scraper and some bruisingly flayed bongos.
So leave it to Martin McDonagh to write the first play (in my experience, anyway) to make the nightmare of the "troubles" fiercely, bruisingly funny.