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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The report noted the last few years have smashed U.S. records for damaging weather, costing nearly $400 billion since 2015. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump rejects key conclusion of US government climate report," 27 Nov. 2018 The risk is that member states making their own rules could undermine the cohesion of the single market and create damaging uncertainty for businesses. WSJ, "Europe Plants a Flag in the Digital-Tax Debate," 21 Mar. 2018 The new classes of insecticides introduced in the past 20 years (e.g. neonicotinoids and fipronil) have been especially damaging because they are used routinely and sterilize the soil, killing everything in it. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Staggering Worldwide Decline of Insects Is a Warning of Ecosystem Collapse," 13 Feb. 2019 Amanda Clark Palmer: Not at all, not really damaging. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Was alleged rape and shooting death investigation influenced by reality TV cameras?," 30 June 2018 The main threat is damaging, straight-line wind (30 percent chance), possibly from a squall line moving out of Ohio/West Virginia. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "‘Widespread damaging winds’, possible derecho, could affect the Washington region this evening," 14 May 2018 The result is makeup that nourishes, promotes collagen production, and protects against the skin-damaging effects of environmental pollution. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Tatcha The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment Is an Undereye Concealer/Skin Care Hybrid," 12 Apr. 2018 Indeed, a range of counteroffensive tactics can be used against journalists in possession of damaging information. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019 Randall—who was way behind in the polls—discovers some damaging information on his opponent, Sol Brown, but decides to try to win the election on his own merit. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "This Is Us Will Reveal 'All the Answers' Next Week, So Get Ready," 15 Jan. 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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: causing or able to cause damage

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