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

Muncy, 27, began the season in the minors but was promoted in mid-April when a rash of injuries hit the Dodgers infield. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Dodgers' Max Muncy to participate in All-Star Home Run Derby," 9 July 2018 The record 23 goals — a staggering 15 percent of all scored — coming in the 90th minute or second-half injury time, nearly double the previous high. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The World Cup works fine with 32 teams, but FIFA is about to ruin it," 13 July 2018 Jamie Murphy's low first-half finish and James Tavernier's injury-time penalty proved enough to give the 54-time Scottish champions a two-goal lead to take into next week's second leg of the first-round qualifying tie. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Gerards earns a win in his Rangers managerial debut," 12 July 2018 Mario Mandzukic got the winner in injury time to put Croatia, with previously a tournament-best semifinal in 1998 to its name, one game away from winning it all. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Croatia tops England in extra time to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2018 The core of that side remains in place in Russia, where Belgium has won all four of its matches, including coming back from 2-0 down to beat Japan in the Round of 16 with a thrilling counterattack in the final seconds of injury time. Pan Pylas, BostonGlobe.com, "Brazil stands in way of Belgium at World Cup," 4 July 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Twitter user Training Ground Guru shared this photo: This was Japan’s dressing room after heart breaking injury-time defeat by Belgium. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "After gut-wrenching loss at World Cup, Japan left nice note in spotless locker room," 3 July 2018 Croatia captain Luka Modric, who also scored in the shootout, had a chance to put his team ahead late in injury time, but his penalty was saved by Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Brazil and Neymar eliminate Mexico from World Cup with a 2-0 victory," 2 July 2018 The Swedes bounced back from Toni Kroos’ injury-time winner for Germany to beat Mexico 3-0 while the defending champions did themselves in by losing to South Korea. Ben Nuckols, The Seattle Times, "Kickoff: Well-rested Kane still tops World Cup scorers," 2 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

Latin injuria, from injurus injurious, from in- not + jur-, jus right

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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

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