dam·​ag·​ing ˈda-mi-jiŋ How to pronounce damaging (audio)
: causing or able to cause damage : injurious
has a damaging effect on wildlife
damagingly 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 Strong to damaging winds will be the primary severe weather threat. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 18 Apr. 2024 Most storms are not expected to become severe, although some small hail and damaging winds are possible. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 18 Apr. 2024 The main threats will be large hail and damaging winds. David Montesino, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 18 Apr. 2024 The primary concerns for Hoosiers on Wednesday are damaging winds and large hail. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Apr. 2024 In the mid-Atlantic, a severe thunderstorm watch was issued for parts of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware until 10 p.m. Storms were starting to develop as of Monday afternoon and may produce damaging winds that could reach 70 mph and scattered hail as large as 2 inches in diameter. Erin McGarry, NBC News, 15 Apr. 2024 These storms are poised to unload damaging wind gusts, hail and several tornadoes, some of which could be strong. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 15 Apr. 2024 More damaging, however, was its attack on his history of racist remarks. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Related article Why a cloudy forecast doesn’t mean your eclipse is ruined The main threats associated with this system are a few tornadoes, damaging winds, and large to very large hail, according to the Storm Prediction Center. Elisa Raffa, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of damaging was circa 1828

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“Damaging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damaging. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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