Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To cause physical harm to; hurt.
  • transitive v. To cause damage to; impair.
  • transitive v. To cause distress to; wound: injured their feelings.
  • transitive v. To commit an injustice or offense against; wrong.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To wound or cause physical harm to a living creature.
  • v. To damage or impair.
  • v. To do injustice to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To hurt or wound, as the person; to impair soundness, as of health.
  • transitive v. To damage or lessen the value of, as goods or estate.
  • transitive v. To slander, tarnish, or impair, as reputation or character.
  • transitive v. To impair or diminish, as happiness or virtue.
  • transitive v. To give pain to, as the sensibilities or the feelings; to grieve; to annoy.
  • transitive v. To impair, as the intellect or mind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. A Middle English form of injury.

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

  • v. hurt the feelings of
  • v. cause damage or affect negatively
  • v. cause injuries or bodily harm to

Etymologies

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)
From injury, from Anglo-Norman injurie, from Latin iniūria ("injustice; wrong; offense"), from in- ("not") + iūs, iūris ("right, law"). (Wiktionary)

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