American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause physical harm to; hurt.
- v. To cause damage to; impair.
- v. To cause distress to; wound: injured their feelings.
- v. To commit an injustice or offense against; wrong.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Middle English form of injury.
- To do harm to; inflict damage or detriment upon; impair or deteriorate in any way; subject to any deleterious or noxious action or influence; hurt; harm: a word of very wide application: as, to injure property by misuse or neglect; to injure the health by overwork or dissipation; to injure another's reputation by slander; to injure the cause of morality by bad example.
- Synonyms To mar, disfigure, abuse, maltreat, wrong.
- In law; in jurisprudence.
- v. transitive To wound or cause physical harm to a living creature.
- v. transitive To damage or impair.
- v. transitive To do injustice to.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To hurt or wound, as the person; to impair soundness, as of health.
- v. To damage or lessen the value of, as goods or estate.
- v. To slander, tarnish, or impair, as reputation or character.
- v. To impair or diminish, as happiness or virtue.
- v. To give pain to, as the sensibilities or the feelings; to grieve; to annoy.
- v. To impair, as the intellect or mind.
- v. hurt the feelings of
- v. cause damage or affect negatively
- v. cause injuries or bodily harm to
- From injury, from Anglo-Norman injurie, from Latin iniūria ("injustice; wrong; offense"), from in- ("not") + iūs, iūris ("right, law"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English injuren, to wrong, dishonor, from Old French injurier, from Latin iniūriārī, from iniūria, a wrong; see injury. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Anyone out to injure is probably going to know enough to make those things all stabby anyway.”
“That may actually in the long term injure more people then the Toyota that speed ahead.”
“And high levels of cortisol over the long term injure the hippocampus, leading to impaired memory,5 dementia, and depression.6 Sonia Lupien from McGill University has also shown how stress shrinks the memory center and has damaging effects on our brain function and cognition.7;8”
“Washington specifically used the term "injure" -- no mention of severe mental or physical pain.”
“If I were Rustum Ghazalah, I would remove all sharp metal objects and weapons from my vicinity, lest I get the temptation to "injure" myself really badly.”
“ This they do in order not to draw down on themselves the hatred of the spirits who live in the trees, and who are apt to avenge themselves by visiting with grievous sickness such as injure them wantonly.”
“This they do in order not to draw down on themselves the hatred of the spirits who live in the trees, and who are apt to avenge themselves by visiting with grievous sickness such as injure them wantonly.”
“Against night goblins when the night comes on, and from witches who bind by their magic knots, and from such as injure by the evil eye; I seek refuge with the Lord from charmers, from jinns [demons], and from evil men.”
“Those Obama supporters are probably really lazy anyway, or looking to "injure" themselves on the job so that they can suck off the workers 'comp claim and eventually file for disability.”
“Waterboarding is physically benign, it doesn't "injure" someone.”
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