injure
transitive verb (injured; injuring) Etymology: Middle English enjuren, from Anglo-French *enjurer, from Late Latin injuriare, from Latin injuria injury Date: 15th century 1. a. to do an injustice to ; wrong b. to harm, impair, or tarnish the standing of <
injured his reputation
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c. to give pain to <
injure a person's pride
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2. a. to inflict bodily hurt on b. to impair the soundness of <
injured her health
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c. to inflict material damage or loss on • injurer noun Synonyms: injure, harm, hurt, damage, impair, mar mean to affect injuriously. injure implies the inflicting of anything detrimental to one's looks, comfort, health, or success <
badly injured in an accident
>
. harm often stresses the inflicting of pain, suffering, or loss <
careful not to harm the animals
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. hurt implies inflicting a wound to the body or to the feelings <
hurt by their callous remarks
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. damage suggests injury that lowers value or impairs usefulness <
a table damaged in shipping
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. impair suggests a making less complete or efficient by deterioration or diminution <
years of smoking had impaired his health
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. mar applies to injury that spoils perfection (as of a surface) or causes disfigurement <
the text is marred by many typos
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • injure — INJURE. s. f. Tort, outrage de fait ou de parole. Grande injure. injure atroce, sanglante, irreparable. faire injure, faire une injure à quelqu un. endurer, souffrir une injure. oublier, pardonner les injures. repousser les injures. venger l… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • injure — in·jure vt in·jured, in·jur·ing 1: to interfere with or violate the legally protected interests of: as a: to harm the physical, emotional, or mental well being of b: to cause (another) to suffer from damage to, deprivation of, or interference… …   Law dictionary

  • injure — injure, harm, hurt, damage, impair, mar, spoil all mean to affect someone or something so as to rob it of soundness, strength, or perfection or to reduce its value, usefulness, or effectiveness. Injure in its earliest and still frequent sense… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Injure — In jure, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Injured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Injuring}.] [L. injuriari, fr. injuria injury, perh. through F. injurier to insult, in OF. also, to injure; or perhaps fr. E. injury, or F. injure injury. See {Injury}.] To do harm to; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • injure — in‧jure [ˈɪndʒə ǁ ər] verb [transitive] 1. to cause physical harm to someone or to yourself, for example in an accident: • He sought compensation after being injured by a defective product. 2. to make an industry, economy, company, or investor… …   Financial and business terms

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  • injure — (v.) mid 15c., do an injustice to, dishonor, probably a back formation from INJURY (Cf. injury), or else from M.Fr. injuriier, from L. injurare. Injury also served as a verb (late 15c.). Related: Injured; injuring …   Etymology dictionary

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