hurtful

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adjective hurt·ful \ˈhərt-fəl\

Definition of hurtful

  1. :  causing injury, detriment, or suffering :  damaging

hurtfully

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hurtfulness

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Examples of hurtful in a sentence

  1. She can't forgive him for the hurtful things he said.

  2. Their comments were really hurtful to me.

1526

First Known Use of hurtful

1526


HURTFUL Defined for English Language Learners

hurtful

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adjective hurt·ful \ˈhərt-fəl\

Definition of hurtful for English Language Learners

  • : causing injury or emotional pain; especially : cruel or unkind


HURTFUL Defined for Kids

hurtful

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adjective hurt·ful \ˈhərt-fəl\

Definition of hurtful for Students

  1. :  causing injury or suffering hurtful gossip



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