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I stand tall yet remain grounded.

I serve as a distraction, it can lead to confusion or aggravation.

I am abused; cut, stabbed, and pounded.

With jubilation, I am destined for immolation.

Who am I?

Hint:

There have been a couple answers that are on the right track. The clue about distraction can be interpreted more abstractly.

Hint 2:

Disingenuous is my position, unrelated and unfounded.

Hint 3:

If my ruse is revealed, it will certainly lead to litigation.

Hint 4:

The answer is an open compound word formed from two words, and its literal definition is rarely used.

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  • $\begingroup$ why it sounds like Shadow for me? $\endgroup$ – CR241 Mar 6 at 0:29
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    $\begingroup$ The last clue especially has eluded the answers so far. $\endgroup$ – Luck Mar 6 at 6:11
  • $\begingroup$ Does any of this have to do with rot13(pbjf, tebhaq orrs, ohetref)? $\endgroup$ – VirtualValentin Mar 13 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ @VirtualValentin No nothing to do with those. $\endgroup$ – Luck Mar 13 at 15:44
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My guess is

a piñata

I stand tall yet remain grounded.

Hoisted up on a rope, attached by the rope to a grounded object

I serve as a distraction, it can lead to confusion or aggravation.

It is a party game to hit a pinata, but the person is blinded and confused, perhaps frustrated.

I am abused; cut, stabbed, and pounded.

Mainly pounded, but once on the ground I suppose it can be cut and stabbed. Perhaps when loading treats it is cut/stabbed.

With jubilation, I am destined for immolation.

The destruction of a pinata is often met with celebration.

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  • $\begingroup$ I like this answer a lot. Welcome to the site as well! $\endgroup$ – anodyne Mar 6 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ This is very specific. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 6 at 17:29
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You are a

punching(kicking) bag.

I stand tall yet remain grounded.

About head height, large base to ground it

I serve as a distraction, it can lead to confusion or aggravation.

Many people workout to distract themselves. They can bounce back to hit you if you're unaccustomed to using one. It hitting you could also cause aggravation.

I am abused; cut, stabbed, and pounded.

It's purpose is this, cut/stabbed with rubber knives in martial arts courses

With jubilation, I am destined for immolation.

It finds it's purpose, and thus jubilation in serving it's purpose.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not quite, but some good reasoning. $\endgroup$ – Luck Mar 6 at 6:04
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New Guess

You are a tree

I stand tall yet remain grounded.

Trees get tall but still are rooted to the earth

I serve as a distraction, it can lead to confusion or aggravation.

Trees can distract lightning

I am abused; cut, stabbed, and pounded.

Trees are cut down an worked into stuff

With jubilation, I am destined for immolation.

Wood gets used for all sorts of fires

Title

The top of a tree is called a crown

Old Guess:

A candle
Candles are tall but are (supposed to be) standing solid in their place
The flickering can confuse or aggravate beings (Thinking of cats swatting at it)
A bit at a loss here. I've seen all of this happening to a candle but it's not the intended use.
Candles are lit for celebratory purposes

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You are most likely an

effigy

I stand tall yet remain grounded.

Hoisted effigy

I serve as a distraction, it can lead to confusion or aggravation.

As a scarecrow

I am abused; cut, stabbed, and pounded.

As a voodoo doll

With jubilation, I am destined for immolation

Burnt for bonfire

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  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps I wasn't specific enough with my clues. This fits well but wasn't quite what I had in mind. $\endgroup$ – Luck Mar 6 at 15:36
  • $\begingroup$ Totally thought this was it - nice guess... $\endgroup$ – Stiv Mar 6 at 16:21
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @Stiv, even with the added hint, I couldn’t move my mind off from this answer. $\endgroup$ – Ébe Isaac Mar 6 at 16:26
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Are you:

A lightning rod?

I stand tall yet remain grounded:

They stand above the surrounding structures to act as a lightning conductor and "remain grounded" to conduct the electricity to the ground safely.

I serve as a distraction, it can lead to confusion or aggravation:

The hint suggests we can interpret distraction abstractly. They distract the lightning from hitting surrounding objects.

I am abused; cut, stabbed, and pounded:

This is the intention: they are hit/sliced by lightning...

With jubilation, I am destined for immolation:

They are destined to draw potential fire away from surrounding structures.

Disingenuous is my position, unrelated and unfounded:

Conventional wisdom says not to be the tallest/most conductive structure in a lightning storm yet lightning rods intentionally function like the best possible path to ground to protect other structures from being struck.

And the title:

Could refer to power stations. Or to their elevated station.

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Are you a

gong (musical instruments) ?.

I stand tall yet remain grounded.

About half of a person tall, perhaps more. Grounded and not easily moving.

I serve as a distraction, it can lead to confusion or aggravation.

Since they define large rhythmic units, it is used to distract people so that they know something is coming or happening, but also can lead to confusion and aggravation when hitting too much.

I am abused; cut, stabbed, and pounded.

It serves its purpose of being hit. Sometimes cut and stabbed to change to a new surface.

With jubilation, I am destined for immolation.

During Asian's celebration (the Lion dance), the gongs are used continuously during practice and celebration.

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  • $\begingroup$ No, that doesn't quite fit with some of the clues. $\endgroup$ – Luck Mar 6 at 6:07
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Are you a:

Dummy?

I stand tall yet remain grounded.

Pretty straightforward here

I serve as a distraction, it can lead to confusion or aggravation.

During WWII, dummies were set up by the allies to confuse the Germans

I am abused; cut, stabbed, and pounded.

Training dummies for different purposes

With jubilation, I am destined for immolation.

Dummies serve the purpose for either training, protecting or attacking someone and would obviously get some damage

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Maybe you're a

SAND CASTLE

I stand tall yet remain grounded.

sand castles can be tall, but are on the ground, (heck, made of ground)

I serve as a distraction, it can lead to confusion or aggravation.

While making a sand castle, you could be so distracted that you don't feel yourself getting a sunburn - or dehydration, sun stroke, etc.

I am abused; cut, stabbed, and pounded.

The methods of creating a sand castle

With jubilation, I am destined for immolation.

Usually fun, at least for me, to see my sand castles get washed away by the rising tide

Title

A person of station - maybe Royalty? Lives in a castle

Last clue

Open compound word

Sand castles usually aren't large enough or permanent enough to actually use them as a dwelling

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  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, I would think that's closed compound. $\endgroup$ – mbjb Mar 14 at 7:44
  • $\begingroup$ I was just looking at a list of supposed open compound words. Never knew there was such a thing. It's all new to me. :) $\endgroup$ – MacGyver88 Mar 14 at 14:40

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