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hurtful

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adjective hurt·ful \ˈhərt-fəl\

Simple Definition of hurtful

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hurtful

  1. :  causing injury, detriment, or suffering :  damaging

hurtfully

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hurtfulness

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hurtful

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adjective hurt·ful \ˈhərt-fəl\

Definition of hurtful for Students

  1. :  causing injury or suffering <hurtful gossip>





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