dam·​ag·​ing | \ ˈda-mi-jiŋ How to pronounce damaging (audio) \

Definition of damaging

: causing or able to cause damage : injurious has a damaging effect on wildlife

Other Words from damaging

damagingly \ ˈda-​mi-​jiŋ-​lē How to pronounce damaging (audio) \ adverb

Examples of damaging in a Sentence

the damaging effects of the sun on your skin The storm may produce damaging winds. He says he has damaging information about the candidate. The evidence was very damaging to their case.
Recent Examples on the Web As the formula shortage continues, a recommendation for a longer period of breastfeeding only reinforces a damaging (and sometimes deadly) stigma for new parents and babies. Elizabeth Skoski, Good Housekeeping, 11 July 2022 Also, imperfect speech recognition systems with a high word error rate (WER) can be damaging to your brand. Sourabh Gupta, Forbes, 22 June 2022 While revoking an offer of employment might seem like an effective solution to reign in costs in the short-term, the long-term effects can be damaging to employer brand and hurt employee morale. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 14 June 2022 The extreme weather is also damaging homes and washing out bridges in communities near the park, which is located in northwestern Wyoming and southwest Montana. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 June 2022 The primary threat looks to be damaging winds, according to a Sunday tweet from the NWS Milwaukee. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 12 June 2022 At least one person was killed and 44 people were injured when a tornado swept through northern Michigan on Friday, damaging numerous homes and businesses, flipping cars and downing trees, authorities said. Christopher Mele, BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2022 Unfortunately, however, many exfoliants on the market can be damaging to the skin’s surface, creating micro tears resulting in premature aging and decreasing the skin’s health. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2022 When done correctly, timeouts aren’t damaging, Moyer says, but context is key. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of damaging

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of damaging was circa 1828

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6 Aug 2022

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“Damaging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damaging. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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