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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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 The line between clean CBD and dirty THC perpetuates the damaging, racist War on Drugs. Amber Senter, Marie Claire, "We Have to Acknowledge That CBD Use Is a Privilege," 11 Apr. 2019 Now that the Trump administration appears to be closing in on a trade deal with China, and thus hopefully averting a damaging tariff war, the U.S. economy is positioned to grow at 3% to 4% over the next several years. Stephen Moore And Louis Woodhill, WSJ, "The Fed Is a Threat to Growth," 13 Mar. 2019 But this effort only came after an extensive and damaging influence campaign in the 2016 election, including numerous ads placed by Russian agents in violation of federal election laws. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Without new laws, Facebook has no reason to fix its broken ad system," 31 Oct. 2018 A Steamship Authority bus on its way to pick up passengers in Falmouth burst into flames late Saturday morning, destroying the bus and damaging as many as 15 vehicles parked nearby. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Burning Steamship Authority bus damages cars in Falmouth parking lot," 7 July 2018 From a health perspective this approach is really hurtful and damaging to families. NBC News, "Kids suffer permanent damage from border separations," 15 June 2018 That's why so many stylists recommend gently detangling wet hair with a wide-tooth comb or gentle Wet Brush, and rough-drying hair sans brush until hair is about 80% dry to prevent damaging wet hair. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "This Insanely Popular Hair Dryer Is the Perfect Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift," 26 Apr. 2019 The most recent, and arguably most damaging, controversy began—yet again—with an attempt to trim down the ceremony. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kevin Hart, the "Popular" Film & Cancelled Categories: A Complete Timeline of the 2019 Oscar Drama," 21 Feb. 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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