hurtful

adjective hurt·ful \ ˈhərt-fəl \
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

Definition of hurtful

: causing injury, detriment, or suffering : damaging

hurtfully

play \ˈhərt-fə-lē\ adverb

hurtfulness

noun

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.

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Definition of hurtful for English Language Learners

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


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adjective hurt·ful \ ˈhərt-fəl \

Definition of hurtful for Students

: causing injury or suffering
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