injury

noun
in·​ju·​ry | \ ˈinj-rē How to pronounce injury (audio) , ˈin-jə-\
plural injuries

Definition of injury

1a : an act that damages or hurts : wrong
b : violation of another's rights for which the law allows an action to recover damages
2 : hurt, damage, or loss sustained

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Choose the Right Synonym for injury

injustice, injury, wrong, grievance mean an act that inflicts undeserved hurt. injustice applies to any act that involves unfairness to another or violation of one's rights. the injustices suffered by the lower classes injury applies in law specifically to an injustice for which one may sue to recover compensation. libel constitutes a legal injury wrong applies also in law to any act punishable according to the criminal code; it may apply more generally to any flagrant injustice. determined to right society's wrongs grievance applies to a circumstance or condition that constitutes an injustice to the sufferer and gives just ground for complaint. a list of employee grievances

Examples of injury in a Sentence

Hikers need to take sensible precautions to prevent injury. She's concerned about the risk of injury to her reputation. The team has been weakened by illness and injury. Careless use of these tools can cause serious bodily injury. She survived the accident without injury. She fell and suffered an injury to her arm. His athletic career has been slowed by injuries.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Siemian exited the Jets' 23-3 loss to the Browns in the second quarter on Monday night after suffering a gruesome ankle injury. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Jets Quarterback Trevor Siemian Out Year With Ankle Injury," 17 Sep. 2019 Southwest Covenant High School football player Peter Webb died at The Children's Hospital at Oklahoma University Medical on Sunday after suffering a head injury during a game, The Oklahoman reports. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "2 high school football players die in separate on-field incidents," 17 Sep. 2019 Mosley suffered a groin injury in New York's season-opening game on Sept. 8. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Browns post Monday night victory over Jets," 17 Sep. 2019 However, one of the selling points was likely that Pittsburgh will finish the 2019 season without starting quarterback Ben Rothlisberger, who suffered a season-ending elbow injury in last Sunday’s 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins trade DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers for first-round pick," 17 Sep. 2019 Authorities say one person suffered a minor injury while evacuating. Washington Post, "Despite panic, no evidence of shooting at movie theater," 16 Sep. 2019 Franks, the Gators’ starting quarterback, suffered a gruesome ankle injury against Kentucky, knocking him out for the season. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "College football overreaction index, Week 3: Same old Maryland?; ACC is at the bottom of the Power 5," 16 Sep. 2019 Few teams had as rough of an offseason as Berlin, which lost four All-Courant honorees to graduation, two to transfers, and saw its starting quarterback, Nick Melville, suffer a long-term injury. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "High school football: Maloney, Southington look reloaded; Berlin will need to find fresh faces to contend, and other takeaways from Week 1," 16 Sep. 2019 The blunder changed the complexion of a game that New Orleans lost 27-9 while also being deprived of star quarterback Drew Brees, who suffered a thumb injury. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Saints dealt more bad breaks with Drew Brees' injury, another blown call," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of injury

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for injury

Middle English injurie, from Anglo-French, Latin injuria, from injurus injurious, from in- + jur-, jus right — more at just

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injury

noun

English Language Learners Definition of injury

: harm or damage : an act or event that causes someone or something to no longer be fully healthy or in good condition

injury

noun
in·​ju·​ry | \ ˈin-jə-rē How to pronounce injury (audio) \
plural injuries

Kids Definition of injury

1 : hurt, damage, or loss suffered She suffered an injury to her arm. These tools can cause injury.
2 : an act that damages or hurts “I should not like to do him an injury …”— Anna Sewell, Black Beauty

injury

noun
in·​ju·​ry | \ ˈinj-(ə-)rē How to pronounce injury (audio) \
plural injuries

Medical Definition of injury

: hurt, damage, or loss sustained

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injury

noun
in·​ju·​ry
plural injuries

Legal Definition of injury

1 : an act that wrongs or harms another specifically : a violation of a legally protected interest (as the physical or mental well-being, property, reputation, or rights of another) for which the law allows an action for legal or equitable relief
2 : hurt, damage, or loss sustained

History and Etymology for injury

Latin injuria, from injurus injurious, from in- not + jur-, jus right

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