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noun in·ju·ry \ˈinj-rē, ˈin-jə-\

Simple Definition of injury

  • : harm or damage : an act or event that causes someone or something to no longer be fully healthy or in good condition

Full Definition of injury

plural in·ju·ries

  1. 1 a :  an act that damages or hurts :  wrong b :  violation of another's rights for which the law allows an action to recover damages

  2. 2 :  hurt, damage, or loss sustained

Examples of injury

  1. Hikers need to take sensible precautions to prevent injury.

  2. She's concerned about the risk of injury to her reputation.

  3. The team has been weakened by illness and injury.

  4. Careless use of these tools can cause serious bodily injury.

  5. She survived the accident without injury.

  6. She fell and suffered an injury to her arm.

  7. His athletic career has been slowed by injuries.

Origin of injury

Middle English injurie, from Anglo-French, Latin injuria, from injurus injurious, from in- + jur-, jus right — more at just

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of injury

injustice, injury, wrong, grievance mean an act that inflicts undeserved hurt. injustice applies to any act that involves unfairness to another or violation of one's rights <the injustices suffered by the lower classes>. injury applies in law specifically to an injustice for which one may sue to recover compensation <libel constitutes a legal injury>. wrong applies also in law to any act punishable according to the criminal code; it may apply more generally to any flagrant injustice <determined to right society's wrongs>. grievance applies to a circumstance or condition that constitutes an injustice to the sufferer and gives just ground for complaint <a list of employee grievances>.

Rhymes with injury

INJURY Defined for Kids


noun in·ju·ry \ˈin-jə-rē\

Definition of injury

plural in·ju·ries

  1. 1 :  hurt, damage, or loss suffered <She suffered an injury to her arm.> <These tools can cause injury.>

  2. 2 :  an act that damages or hurts <“I should not like to do him an injury …” — Anna Sewell, Black Beauty>

Medical Dictionary


noun in·ju·ry \ˈinj-(ə-)rē\

Medical Definition of injury

plural in·ju·ries

  1. :  hurt, damage, or loss sustained

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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