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 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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While gun violence and other social ills gets more attention, Jones said, improper diet can have negative health impacts that are just as damaging. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "East Baltimore wellness festival Black Girls Cook promotes healthy eating," 29 June 2019 Some could become strong enough to produce locally damaging winds in addition to frequent lightning and heavy downpours. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Isolated strong storms possible today for part of south Alabama," 25 June 2019 Large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding and a few tornadoes are possible. Dallas News, "NBC 5 Forecast: Severe storms possible tonight," 23 June 2019 Back-to-back surgeries can be very mentally damaging to people, so recovering emotionally is just as important as recovering physically. Jacqueline Adan, Health.com, "I Lost Over 300 pounds and I've Spent the Last 3 Years Having Skin Removal Surgeries," 13 June 2019 Still, her departure demonstrates how CEOs, when presented with damaging information, can focus too heavily on presenting a good face to investors, said John Warren, general counsel at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Swedbank’s Crisis Management Questioned in Walk-Up to Money-Laundering Investigations," 3 Apr. 2019 Chinese leaders fail to see how damaging their tactics appear to Western governments, said Scott Kennedy of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Joe Mcdonald, The Christian Science Monitor, "US tariffs could spur tech development in China," 5 July 2018 Simmons' second home run — a three-run job off a belt-high slider that curved just inside the left-field foul pole — was the most damaging, the hit from which the Astros were unable to recover. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Angels hand Astros second straight loss," 25 Apr. 2018 Tropical cyclone names are selected years in advance with names of especially deadly or strong or damaging storms being retired. al.com, "Why do we name hurricanes?," 4 June 2019

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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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