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buf·fet·ing / ˈbəfiting/ • n. the action of striking someone or something repeatedly and violently: the roofs have survived the buffeting of worse winds than this. ∎ fig. the action or result of afflicting or harming someone, typically repeatedly or over a long period: the buffeting that people are taking in lost job status. ∎  Aeron. irregular oscillation of part of an aircraft, caused by turbulence.