injurious

adjective
in·​ju·​ri·​ous | \ in-ˈju̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce injurious (audio) \

Definition of injurious

1 : inflicting or tending to inflict injury : detrimental injurious to health
2 : abusive, defamatory speak not injurious words— George Washington

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Other Words from injurious

injuriously adverb
injuriousness noun

Examples of injurious in a Sentence

The decision has had an injurious effect. inaccurate news reports are injurious to the public's faith in the media
Recent Examples on the Web Should a dangerous, but not immediately injurious, helmet-to-helmet hit trigger the longest suspension for an on-field infraction in NFL history? Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Vontaze Burfict’s Suspension Be Reduced on Appeal? Analyzing the Arguments," 2 Oct. 2019 The Democratic presidential aspirants received the injurious compliment of being taken seriously in their aspirations, which are characterized by a disqualifying flippancy. George Will, National Review, "The Democrats and the 1919 World Series," 1 Aug. 2019 Like a spreading disease, behavioral contagion can be injurious, as when a rise in the smoking rate causes additional people to take up smoking. K.n.c., The Economist, "Open Future We can harness peer pressure to uphold social values," 7 Feb. 2020 Although there’s little question that climate change will harm younger generations, there’s considerably more debate about a related concern — that the rhetoric surrounding the issue is equally injurious. Jason Plautz, Washington Post, "The Environmental Burden of Generation Z," 3 Feb. 2020 But that doesn't necessarily mean the cast escapes unscathed—just take it from Erin Doherty, who found playing Princess Anne unexpectedly injurious. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Crown's Erin Doherty Hurt Herself Trying to Imitate Princess Anne's Low Voice," 7 Dec. 2019 And for the few that are less injurious to the planet, cost and social acceptance may stand in the way. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, "Bioplastics continue to blossom—are they really better for the environment?," 20 Jan. 2020 Because the doll is meant to be held in a child’s hand before takeoff, the blades build from a slow rotation to liftoff, ensuring that there aren’t any surprise and potentially injurious sudden bursts of blade speed. Popular Science, "Flying toys that will enthrall your kids," 15 Jan. 2020 The American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and other organizations characterize it as useless and injurious. The Editors, Scientific American, "A Nationwide Ban Is Needed for “Anti-Gay Therapy”," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of injurious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Injurious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/injurious. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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injurious

adjective
How to pronounce injurious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of injurious

formal : causing injury

injurious

adjective
in·​ju·​ri·​ous | \ in-ˈju̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce injurious (audio) \

Kids Definition of injurious

: causing injury or harm

injurious

adjective
in·​ju·​ri·​ous | \ in-ˈju̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce injurious (audio) \

Medical Definition of injurious

: inflicting or tending to inflict injury injurious to health

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injuriously adverb

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injurious

adjective
in·​ju·​ri·​ous | \ in-ˈju̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce injurious (audio) \

Legal Definition of injurious

: inflicting or tending to inflict injury

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injuriously adverb

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