adjective hurt·ful \ˈhərt-fəl\

: causing injury or emotional pain; especially : cruel or unkind

Full Definition of HURTFUL

:  causing injury, detriment, or suffering :  damaging
hurt·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
hurt·ful·ness noun

Examples of HURTFUL

  1. She can't forgive him for the hurtful things he said.
  2. Their comments were really hurtful to me.

First Known Use of HURTFUL



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