injury

noun
in·​ju·​ry | \ ˈinj-rē , 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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But a shoulder injury delayed new episodes to Monday, January 14. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'The Wendy Williams Show' Replaced Wendy With Nick Cannon While She Recovers," 30 Jan. 2019 This confirmed His Royal Highness had no injuries of concern. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Philip Went to the Hospital Following Car Accident, Buckingham Palace Reveals," 18 Jan. 2019 In a few instances, users experienced infections, irritations, or injury because of the tampons. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These Tampons Were Recalled After Unraveling While Inside People’s Bodies," 13 Dec. 2018 Lindsay played Jaime Sommers, a professional tennis player who suffers a serious skydiving injury and is saved by a surgical procedure involving bionic implants. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Who Is Lindsay Wagner? Meet The Star of Hallmark's 'Mingle All The Way'," 1 Dec. 2018 Not all the plaintiffs sustained injuries due to scooters. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Bird, Lime named in class-action lawsuit," 22 Oct. 2018 Early this morning in central London, a driver plowed his Ford Fiesta into a group of cyclists and the barrier gates outside the Houses of Parliament, sending three people to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "London Attack at Parliament Called 'Terrorist Incident'," 14 Aug. 2018 Adding insult to injury, both Musk and Bezos have an eye on human interplanetary exploration, with Blue Origin looking at the moon and SpaceX fixated on Mars. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Virgin Galactic Hype Totally Misses the Point," 13 Dec. 2018 To add insult to injury, December has the highest rate of home fires, and this is supposed to be a Christmas movie. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Why Does Life-Size 2 Promote The Most Dangerous Mistake Homeowners Can Make?," 4 Dec. 2018

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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 \
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 \
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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