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 \ 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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The problem: That weight will come back almost instantly afterward, and the diet itself can prove dangerous and damaging in the long term. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Military Diet, According to a Nutritionist," 11 Dec. 2018 All three resulted in politically damaging emails being released ahead of the election in November 2016. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Thousands of sensitive emails stolen in intrusion of Republican campaign arm," 4 Dec. 2018 On the ongoing Russia investigation, Trump defended his son Donald Trump Jr. for a Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer offering damaging information about Democrat Hillary Clinton. Jonathan Lemire, The Seattle Times, "Trump tells AP he won’t accept blame if GOP loses House," 16 Oct. 2018 The storms could bring damaging wind gusts, torrential rain and large hail, the weather service said. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Severe thunderstorms moving across southern Wisconsin; thunderstorm watch in effect," 13 July 2018 Court filings in October revealed that Papadopoulos had received word that the Russian government had damaging material about Hillary Clinton before hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee were leaked publicly. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, "Mueller team indicates it is ready for George Papadopoulos to be sentenced," 23 May 2018 In an interview last November, Veselnitskaya alleged that Donald Trump Jr. offered to push for changes to the law in exchange for damaging material on Clinton. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Russian Lawyer Who Met With Trump Team Admits She Was a Kremlin Agent," 28 Apr. 2018 In another exchange, Turnbull described how Cambridge Analytica can discreetly publicize damaging material about a political opponent on social media and the Internet. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "British broadcaster airs more secret footage of Cambridge Analytica execs," 20 Mar. 2018 But powerful figures can slow publication of damaging material simply by threatening legal action. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stormy Daniels interview tentatively set for March 25 on '60 Minutes'," 16 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of damaging

: causing or able to cause damage

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