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

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda After an ankle injury ended his 2017 season prematurely, Yanda returned to form in 2018. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "NFL Preseason All-AFC North Team: A look at the top offensive linemen in the division," 9 July 2019 Not to mention an injury to Luton, who has missed big chunks of the past two seasons with myriad physical setbacks. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State football, top 19 players for 2019: No. 13, Tristan Gebbia," 9 July 2019 Golden State is eligible to deal Russell starting Dec. 15, toward the front end of Klay Thompson’s projected five- to seven-month recovery from an ACL injury. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "D’Angelo Russell, on the move to Golden State, says he’s an NBA realist," 8 July 2019 The injury forced him to miss the final 29 games of the regular season as well as the Magic’s first-round playoff series against the Raptors. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic shut down center Mo Bamba for remainder of NBA Summer League," 8 July 2019 Potts had missed nearly a month with an oblique injury. Jeff Sanders, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Hudson Potts homers for Amarillo; Gore, Patino, Morejon show well in Cleveland," 8 July 2019 This would be Flores' first game action since the injury. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "With sweep of Rockies, Diamondbacks head into All-Star break on slight upswing," 7 July 2019 The injury split wide open, revealed bone, and required a whopping 50 stitches. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "A fighter’s mentality powered Broncos’ Dre’Mont Jones to NFL dream," 7 July 2019 After an offseason injury involving a bull on his Venezuela ranch, Perez struggled for the Rangers in 2018. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "Twins’ Martin Perez able to prove Rangers ‘made the wrong decision.’," 7 July 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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