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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Having said that, too much stress can be highly damaging to the creativity, productivity and wellbeing of teams. Sally Percy, Forbes, "Four Ways Leaders Can Promote Workplace Wellbeing," 10 May 2021 The flawed concept of meritocracy, a favorite talking point of the tech community, is particularly damaging to poor and under-resourced students. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "On circumventing systemic biases," 7 May 2021 And the Wild lost 4-3 to St. Louis after holding a 3-1 lead in the third period — a setback that could be damaging to Minnesota's hopes to earn home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Star Tribune, "Drafting a quarterback for the Vikings and love for Byron Buxton," 29 Apr. 2021 Taco Bell said that more than 8 billion sauce packets are used every year in the United States, a massive number that's potentially environmentally damaging. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Taco Bell will start reusing hot sauce packets," 20 Apr. 2021 A few weeks before the election, according to the Daily Beast, Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, heard that there were recordings from the Miss Universe Organization that could be damaging to Trump. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Ari Emanuel Takes on the World," 19 Apr. 2021 The company’s inability to install the Google Play app store on its phones was particularly damaging in overseas markets, where previously the company had been gaining ground. Washington Post, "U.S. campaign against Huawei appears to be working, as Chinese tech giant loses sales outside its home market," 31 Mar. 2021 Disposable face masks, which have seen widespread use since the pandemic began, were found to be particularly damaging to wildlife. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "'Ticking time bomb': Study outlines severe effects disposable face masks have on wildlife," 29 Mar. 2021 However, heat and chemicals can be very damaging to hair, especially with long-term use. Lauren Farrell, chicagotribune.com, "How to get curly hair," 20 Mar. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Damaging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damaging. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of damaging

: causing or able to cause damage

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