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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damagingly \ ˈda-​mi-​jiŋ-​lē How to pronounce damagingly (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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Of course, many other places around the world—from Japan to Italy, China to Mexico, Turkey to Indonesia—can experience earthquakes even bigger and more damaging than ours. Joe Mathews, The Mercury News, "Mathews: Earthquakes are essential to Californians’ self-esteem," 17 July 2019 Using a rocket engine to lower a large spacecraft down to the lunar surface kicks up a whole lot of fast-moving dust that can travel far and wide, capable of hitting and even damaging spacecraft on and around the Moon. Loren Grush, The Verge, "High-speed lunar dust could cloud the future of human missions to the Moon," 17 July 2019 The novel was considered far more damaging than Doctor Zhivago. Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 But making racist comments to get a rise out of people is no less damaging than really meaning it. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "You can call it performance bigotry or hipster racism. But Harvard was right in rescinding Kyle Kashuv’s acceptance," 19 June 2019 On a late-spring evening with a hint of autumn in the air, Lambert allowed the Cubs nothing more damaging than a solo home run by Jason Heyward in the second inning. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Take that L on the way out, Cubbies. Rockies rookie pitcher Peter Lambert foils Chicago again.," 11 June 2019 Destroying voters’ faith in the democratic process could ultimately prove more damaging than an armed attack. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, "Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Military-Industrial Complex," 2 Jan. 2019 On the whole, the Vault 7 disclosures are less damaging than their Shadow Brokers counterparts because the WikiLeaks dispatches haven’t included potent source code that could be repurposed. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Man who allegedly gave Vault 7 cache to WikiLeaks busted by poor opsec," 19 June 2018 Ultimately, this could prove more damaging than punitive tariffs — and is more likely. NBC News, "Trump's policies could have 'severe consequences' worldwide, say global economists," 7 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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