Definitions

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  • n. The property of being hurtful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being hurtful or detrimental; injuriousness.

Etymologies

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hurtful +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Not by reasoning, not by the five senses alone, but by other and remoter and uncharted senses, came the feeling to White Fang that the man was ominous with evil, pregnant with hurtfulness, and therefore a thing bad, and wisely to be hated.

    The Mad God

  • When a "dependent" is not given what they want, and they are not equipped with proper communication skills and coping mechanisms, they can tend towards disrespectful rage and hurtfulness to deal with their uncomfortable frustration.

    Alanna Zabel: The Passion of Mel

  • It's easy to cast a critical eye on the methods, styles, imperfections, unintentional hurtfulness, and ways our mother's caring communication seemed to go awry.

    Dr. Cheryl Pappas: Mother's Day: It's Complicated

  • Nowhere was this hurtfulness more evident than in Gingrich's private life.

    Nigel Hamilton: The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree

  • Though I would speak of its hurtfulness, it was my sensitivity that was ultimately deemed the problem.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • As for the rest – you'll have to unpack why the inherent hurtfulness of murder is an issue for hate speech; and, indeed, what you mean by "extra-legal sanctions".

    A New Weapon Against Freedom and ID: Volksverhetzung

  • You know, from the song I am struck by the deliberate coldness of this, the hurtfulness, and I am slightly ashamed of my mother.

    Enemies of the People

  • He saw the hurtfulness of being a single mom; he watched his mother struggle.

    Marlene H. Phillips: Hopeful And Determined, AZ Democrats Head to Denver

  • She tells the speaker to "knock it off," in a way that points up the hurtfulness of the comment without talking down to or lecturing young people.

    Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones

  • Does the fact that I was blind to what my words meant changed the hurtfulness of those words and actions?

    Monday LOL Book

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