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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Newer devices, like suction samplers (imagine a big vacuum that sucks up marine life) can target specific organisms, but still risk damaging delicate creatures. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "This Origami Inspired Claw Will Gently Fold Around Jellyfish," 22 July 2018 Only four days since June 1 have been within federal limits for ozone, the lung-damaging gas in smog that triggers asthma and other respiratory illness. Jon Schleuss, latimes.com, "The Fourth of July brings some of the year's worst air pollution. You can thank fireworks," 3 July 2018 This is the second report of the Enquirer paying sources to kill potentially damaging stories about Trump. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "National Enquirer Reportedly Paid to Quash Rumor of Trump Love Child (Updated)," 12 Apr. 2018 Instead of bathing a sample in damaging, high intensity rays the microscope sweeps an ultra-thin sheet of light across the sample, generating lots of high-resolution 2-D images. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Watch Cells Move Within Living Animals in This Breathtaking Footage," 30 Apr. 2018 It's been very damaging in orchards in Utah, and is a matter of concern in Washington and Oregon as well. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Cool, rainy spring prompts alert for fire blight on Valley trees, plants | Idaho Statesman," 26 Apr. 2018 Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley have said that firing Mueller or Rosenstein would be very damaging for the president. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Trump Keeps Venting About Robert Mueller. Here’s What Congress Might Do," 13 Apr. 2018 Given how delicate kinky hair can be, rocking bright hair colors can be incredibly damaging if not maintained properly. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "Tropical Punch Is the Spring Hair-Color Trend That Looks Good Enough to Drink," 6 Mar. 2018 With the ongoing Russia investigation, this line of reasoning could be damaging to Trump. Abigail Simon, Time, "President Trump Picked Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Who Is He?," 10 July 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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