noun \ˈhärm\

: physical or mental damage or injury : something that causes someone or something to be hurt, broken, made less valuable or successful, etc.

Full Definition of HARM

:  physical or mental damage :  injury
:  mischief, hurt

Examples of HARM

  1. They threatened him with bodily harm.
  2. The scandal has done irreparable harm to his reputation.
  3. She'll do anything to protect her children from harm.
  4. They have suffered serious physical harm.
  5. These new regulations could cause lasting harm to small businesses.

Origin of HARM

Middle English, from Old English hearm; akin to Old High German harm injury, Old Church Slavic sramŭ shame
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with HARM



: to cause hurt, injury, or damage to (someone or something) : to cause harm to (someone or something)

Full Definition of HARM

transitive verb
:  to cause harm to
harm·er noun

Examples of HARM

  1. He would never intentionally harm his children.
  2. chemicals that could harm the environment
  3. The scandal has seriously harmed his reputation.

First Known Use of HARM

before 12th century


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