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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This weekend, the Washington Post reported that Roger Stone met in May 2016 with a representative of Russia, offering to sell the Trump campaign damaging information on Hillary Clinton. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "What Roger Stone’s Latest Russia Lie Reveals About the Scandal," 18 June 2018 Roger Stone said that a Russian national approached him in May of 2016 with damaging information about Hillary Clinton and wanted $2 million in exchange, The Washington Post reports. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Roger Stone Claims Russian National Offered 'Dirt' On Hillary Clinton In Exchange For $2 Million," 17 June 2018 In a West Wing rife with infighting, Sanders is one of few who is generally well-liked and respected by her colleagues that constantly leak damaging information on one another to reporters. Jeff Zeleny, CNN, "Sanders' challenge: Maintaining credibility, while staying loyal to Trump," 7 June 2018 Black Cube was accused in May of using false identities to seek damaging information about former Obama administration officials. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Ben Rhodes: I'd be "surprised" if Israel didn't know about Black Cube spy firm," 4 June 2018 But the bill is not without controversy: Some scientists and environmental groups say Young's revisions to the law would be damaging and result in overfishing. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Don Young’s bill to revise Magnuson-Stevens fishing law passes U.S. House," 13 July 2018 Stopping traffic is less damaging than the shooting and the killing and the jailing. Patrick M. O'connell, chicagotribune.com, "Anti-violence march on northbound lanes of Dan Ryan Expressway set to start at 10 a.m.," 7 July 2018 Explain that contradiction and why drought is so damaging for livestock. Josh Haner, National Geographic, "The Last Cowboys: A Cattle-Ranching Family Fights to Survive," 29 June 2018 The next wave of international entities in his sights—NAFTA, NATO and the United Nations—would be far more damaging to leave, politically and otherwise. The Economist, "The rising cost of America First," 14 June 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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