Why was "tantrum" trending last week?
1650s, noun of action from pulverize, or else from French pulvérisation, from Middle French pulveriser.
early 15c., from Late Latin pulverizare "reduce to powder or dust," from Latin pulvis (genitive pulveris) "dust, powder" (see pollen). Related: Pulverized; pulverizing.
To defeat thoroughly; punish; clobber (1631+)