damage, harm, hurt, scathe

(noun) the act of damaging something or someone

damage, harm, impairment

(noun) the occurrence of a change for the worse

injury, hurt, harm, trauma

(noun) any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.


(verb) cause or do harm to; “These pills won’t harm your system”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



harm (countable and uncountable, plural harms)

physical injury; hurt; damage

emotional or figurative hurt

detriment; misfortune.

That which causes injury, damage, or loss.

Usage notes

• Adjectives often applied to "harm": bodily, physical, environmental, emotional, financial, serious, irreparable, potential, long-term, short-term, permanent, lasting, material, substantial.


harm (third-person singular simple present harms, present participle harming, simple past and past participle harmed)

To cause injury to another; to hurt; to cause damage to something.


• Hmar, mahr

Source: Wiktionary

Harm, n. Etym: [OE.harm, hearm, AS.hearm; akin to OS. harm, G. harm grief, Icel. harmr, Dan. harme, Sw. harm; cf. OSlav. & Russ. sram' shame, Skr. crama toil, fatigue.]

1. Injury; hurt; damage; detriment; misfortune.

2. That which causes injury, damage, or loss. We, ignorant of ourselves, Beg often our own harms. Shak.


– Mischief; evil; loss; injury. See Mischief.

Harm, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Harmed; p. pr. & vb. n. Harming.] Etym: [OE. harmen, AS. hearmian. See Harm, n.]

Definition: To hurt; to injure; to damage; to wrong. Though yet he never harmed me. Shak. No ground of enmity between us known Why he should mean me ill or seek to harm. Milton.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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