Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing injury or suffering; damaging.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tending to impair or damage; injurious; mischievous; occasioning loss or injury.
  • adj. Tending to hurt someone's feelings; insulting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to impair or damage; injurious; mischievous; occasioning loss or injury.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to hurt or impair; injurious; mischievous; causing harm or damage.
  • Synonyms Disadvantageous, detrimental, harmful, prejudicial, deleterious, baneful, nnwholesome, pernicious, noxious, destructive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing hurt
  • adj. harmful to living things

Etymologies

hurt +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jackson did apologize for what he called his hurtful words.

    CNN Transcript Jul 17, 2008

  • SNOW: But that promise for a new kind of politics, say some Indian-American groups, clashes with what they call hurtful stereotyping, especially on the issue of outsourcing.

    CNN Transcript Jun 19, 2007

  • SNOW: But that promise for a new kind of politics say some Indian American groups clashes with what they call hurtful stereotyping.

    CNN Transcript Jun 19, 2007

  • I don't mean to change the debate; you didn't mean it that way, and certainly you have decades of wisdom and knowledge to which I am not privy, but I have had relatives in trailers and you likely haven't (or you would have found the term hurtful), and certainly if it had been another slur it would have that have no place in current usage, and when I hear that term, I think of it literally ...

    tracy enid flick

  • When you have something to communicate and you couch it in hurtful ways, your message gets lost in the hurt feelings.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Criminal Conviction in England for Leaving Anti-Religious Leaflets in Airport Prayer Room

  • Ronald Li as good as his son got held regulating their Stock Exchange positions in hurtful income creation offenses, as good as were to be brought to trial. you dont know how it turned out.

    Batin Itam: The Li Blood Line

  • My cousin's marriage and long term commitment to his partner show more "defense of marriage" and more demonstration of enduring and pure love than my four tawdry debacles of drunken cruelty, faithless and indulgent recklessness which all resulted in hurtful, and messy divorces.

    California Supreme Court Hears Arguments

  • Anyway, as I posted in the comments, I think one of the reasons the things that were said were so hurtful is that being the adoptive parent is a very tenuous place to be.

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • For all that, it still comes down to the same thing: You don’t mind being called fat, therefore no one else is allowed to object, therefore you’re going to call people fat even if they find the term hurtful and offensive, even as common courtesy says you should not.

    Quote of the Day, 2008-06-11 « Lean Left

  • Okay, let me get this straight: Laura Schlessinger could say whatever she wants to a national audience of millions, except for a few words that she herself acknowledges are "wrong" and "hurtful" -- and instead, has chosen to give that up so that she say these same few, "hurtful" words in private to like-minded audiences of a few thousand.

    Robert J. Elisberg: The Doctor Is out

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