Definitions

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  • adj. Doing no harm.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ harming

Examples

  • The unharming sharks, they glided by as if with padlocks on their mouths; the savage sea-hawks sailed with sheathed beaks.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • From this time an inviolable peace filled the lowly heart of the oppressed one; life's uttermost woes fell from him unharming.

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  • Mark turned his hard eyes toward the elder, and seemed to congeal into something inflexible, impenetrable, as if he had suddenly let down a cold sheet iron door between his soul and them, against which the words, like shot or pebbles, rattled sharp and unharming and fell in a shower at the feet of the speaker.

    The City of Fire

  • From Edgar Linton, as we have seen, Heathcliff's blows fell aside unharming, as the executioner's strokes from a legendary martyr.

    Emily Brontë

  • There was no wind, and the flames rose straight up, scorching the cocoanut-leaves, but unharming other houses within twenty-five feet.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • The snow struck the bottle, but the unharming bullet was buried half an inch to the left.

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  • Thereupon Longstreet fell back towards Virginia, and came to a resting-place midway, where he afterward lay unharmed and unharming for many months.

    Abraham Lincoln

  • Espied by some timid man-of-war or blundering discovery-vessel from afar, when the distance obscuring the swarming fowls, nevertheless still shows the white mass floating in the sun, and the white spray heaving high against it; straightway the whale's unharming corpse, with trembling fingers is set down in the log -- shoals, rocks, and breakers hereabouts: beware!

    Moby Dick: or, the White Whale

  • Espied by some timid man-of-war or blundering discovery-vessel from afar, when the distance obscuring the swarming fowls, nevertheless still shows the white mass floating in the sun, and the white spray heaving high against it; straightway the whale's unharming corpse, with trembling fingers is set down in the log -- SHOALS, ROCKS, AND BREAKERS HEREABOUTS: BEWARE!

    Moby Dick, or, the whale

  • So short now seemed the remaining voyage of life, -- so near, so vivid, seemed eternal blessedness, -- that life's uttermost woes fell from him unharming.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin

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