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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Recent Examples on the Web

Preventable eye injuries are the perfect example of this. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Entirely Preventable Eye Injuries Doctors See Way Too Often," 1 Nov. 2018 People slept in the halls, women gave birth there, and others were treated for injuries. Sarah Souli, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kosovo Is an All-Night Party—And Shows No Signs of Slowing Down," 26 Oct. 2018 Until now, Kilauea's injuries had been limited to a single man who had his leg broken by falling lava. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Lava Erupting From Kilauea Hits Hawaiian Tour Boat, Injuring 13," 16 July 2018 Hard knocks The injury was yet another tough break for Robinson. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Glenn Robinson III coming for starting forward spot," 14 July 2018 Nelson-Johnson continued to tell police that the child’s injuries were the result of a fall, according to the news release. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore couple faces 40 years in prison for 2017 death of baby," 13 July 2018 Brian Zalewski said the injuries are consistent with being struck with a gun or some type of object. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman and child injured during overnight home invasion in Wauwatosa," 13 July 2018 The driver of the other vehicle involved was treated at the scene for a minor injury. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police investigate officer's head-on collision on Broadway," 12 July 2018 Ayon was treated for minor injuries and has been placed in a segregation unit while officials investigate the incident. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Child molester beaten to death in California prison days after he arrived," 12 July 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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