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

Luckily, within that five-year period, just one injury was reported. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "The U.S. Postal Service Doesn't Know Why Its Trucks Keep Catching on Fire," 14 May 2019 The Oscar-winning actress not only condensed three years of martial arts training into a six-month window ahead of shooting, but sustained injuries—and fought through them—in the process. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Halle Berry Proves That Jaw-Dropping Legs Have No Age Limit," 8 May 2019 The investigation also revealed that the U.S. government has paid over $60 million in legal settlements to cover claims against the agency in which border agents were involved in deaths, driving injuries, alleged assaults, and wrongful detention. Lauren Bohn, Marie Claire, "Who Killed Claudia Gomez?," 2 May 2019 The two wounded service members were being treated for injuries and are in stable condition, the NATO Resolute Support mission said in a statement. Fox News, "US service member killed, 2 wounded in 'apparent insider attack' in Afghanistan," 2 Oct. 2018 The same can be said for dragons Drogon and Rhaegal, who both seemed to receive life-threatening injuries during the battle. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Don't Panic: Ghost Is Still Alive on Game of Thrones," 29 Apr. 2019 Doing some gentle movements to begin will help prime your muscles for the harder work ahead and can help prevent injury. SELF, "Core and Chest Strength Workout," 28 Apr. 2019 The pilot ejected moments before impact, sustaining moderate injuries. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Last Year's F-15 Fighter Crash Was Due to “Pilot Error,” Report Says," 25 Apr. 2019 It is allowed to prevent death or serious injury to an officer or another person or if the suspect has used or threatened violence or possesses a lethal weapon. Chris Irvine, Fox News, "Cop who fatally shot unarmed 17-year-old boy was sworn in just 90 minutes before, police sources say," 2 Oct. 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 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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