Thesaurus

detrimental

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of detrimental

See the Dictionary Definition 

Choose the Right Synonym for detrimental

pernicious, baneful, noxious, deleterious, detrimental mean exceedingly harmful. pernicious implies irreparable harm done through evil or insidious corrupting or undermining. the claim that pornography has a pernicious effect on society baneful implies injury through poisoning or destroying. the baneful notion that discipline destroys creativity noxious applies to what is both offensive and injurious to the health of a body or mind. noxious chemical fumes deleterious applies to what has an often unsuspected harmful effect. a diet found to have deleterious effects detrimental implies obvious harmfulness to something specified. the detrimental effects of excessive drinking

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about detrimental

Time Traveler for detrimental

Time Traveler

The first known use of detrimental was in 1590

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Detrimental.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/detrimental. Accessed 18 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on detrimental

Dictionary: Definition of detrimental

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with detrimental

Spanish Central: Translation of detrimental

Nglish: Translation of detrimental for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of detrimental for Arabic Speakers

Comments on detrimental

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

WORD OF THE DAY

experienced by way of someone else

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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