Definitions

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  • adj. Harmful; noxious; injurious; mischievous.
  • n. Hurt; injury.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Harmful; injurious; mischievous.
  • n. Hurt; injury.

Etymologies

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From Middle English scathel ("harmful"), from Old English *sceaþol, from Proto-Germanic *skaþulaz (“harmful”), equivalent to scathe +‎ -le. Cognate with Old High German scadel ("injurious, harmful"), Gothic  (skaþuls, "injurious, wicked").

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