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

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Other Words from damaging

damagingly \ ˈda-​mi-​jiŋ-​lē How to pronounce damagingly (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Any of these could be strong to potentially severe, with heavy rain, lots of lightning, and perhaps a damaging wind risk. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Occasional showers and storms through the weekend; staying hot into next week," 27 June 2020 With Tanzanite, Tanzania has managed to use market mechanisms to channel the insatiable forces of demand and supply to create a more sustainable and possibly less damaging industry. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "What is Tanzanite? It just made this man a millionaire. And proved African mining reforms can work.," 26 June 2020 The charge of maliciously damaging or destroying property by fire or explosion was filed in U.S. District Court a day after Timothy Goodner, 19, appeared in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on a state charge of aggravated arson. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Maple Heights man charged federally with arson in May 30th riots in downtown Cleveland," 26 June 2020 As for volcanoes, very large eruptions should be fairly easy to anticipate, but not how large, or what the effect will be, eg, in damaging harvests around the world. The Economist, "Week in charts Small chances, big risks," 26 June 2020 But Apple’s ultimate success in that area may prove a little more damaging. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Intel Can Lose Apple—but Little Else," 24 June 2020 The quake happened just over a day after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake rocked southern Mexico, killing at least six people and damaging hundreds of homes. Fox News, "Magnitude 5.8 earthquake rattles central California," 24 June 2020 The caucus is turning its focus on negative images and damaging stereotype of Hispanics, calling on Hollywood, the book publishing industry and media in general to check their conscience. Dallas News, "El Paso shooter faces additional count for 23rd death; injuries will also be added to indictment," 24 June 2020 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also denounced the book, but not because Bolton makes damaging allegations against the president. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: John Bolton says Trump's White House 'like living inside a pinball machine'," 23 June 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

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“Damaging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damaging. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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: causing or able to cause damage

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