Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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  • noun The property of being hurtful.

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

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

    What Can White Women Do?

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Archive 2009-05-01

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