Synonyms & Antonyms of harm

(Entry 1 of 2)

something that causes loss or pain
  • you were lucky to survive the fire without harm
  • no harm in trying

Synonyms for harm

Words Related to harm

Near Antonyms for harm



Synonyms & Antonyms of harm (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to cause bodily damage to
  • though she wasn't harmed by the flying glass, she slipped and fell on a piece and cut her hand

Synonyms for harm

Words Related to harm

Near Antonyms for harm

See the Dictionary Definition 

Choose the Right Synonym for harm


injure, harm, hurt, damage, impair, mar mean to affect injuriously. injure implies the inflicting of anything detrimental to one's looks, comfort, health, or success. badly injured in an accident harm often stresses the inflicting of pain, suffering, or loss. careful not to harm the animals hurt implies inflicting a wound to the body or to the feelings. hurt by their callous remarks damage suggests injury that lowers value or impairs usefulness. a table damaged in shipping impair suggests a making less complete or efficient by deterioration or diminution. years of smoking had impaired his health mar applies to injury that spoils perfection (as of a surface) or causes disfigurement. the text is marred by many typos

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on harm

Dictionary: Definition of harm

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with harm

Spanish Central: Translation of harm

Nglish: Translation of harm for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of harm for Arabic Speakers

Comments on harm

What made you want to look up harm? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a calculated move

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Confusing Words—A Quiz

  • alice with tweedle dee and tweedle dum
  • I invented a brand new toaster robot and ______ it "Sir Toasts-a-Lot."
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!