Synonyms & Antonyms of hurt

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1 to feel or cause physical pain
  • my head hurts
  • a bad sprain that really hurts
  • I hurt all over

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3 to cause bodily damage to
  • the common belief that reading in poor light hurts your eyes

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4 to feel deep sadness or mental pain
  • I know you must be hurting from the cruel words they said

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Synonyms & Antonyms of hurt (Entry 3 of 3)

1 a state of great suffering of body or mind
  • in her hurt she said a lot of things to her boyfriend that she didn't really mean

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2 something that causes loss or pain
  • a totally baseless accusation that caused lasting hurt to his reputation

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Frequently Asked Questions About hurt

How is the word hurt distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of hurt are damage, harm, impair, injure, and mar. While all these words mean "to affect injuriously," hurt implies inflicting a wound to the body or to the feelings.

hurt by their callous remarks

When can damage be used instead of hurt?

Although the words damage and hurt have much in common, damage suggests injury that lowers value or impairs usefulness.

a table damaged in shipping

When might harm be a better fit than hurt?

The words harm and hurt can be used in similar contexts, but harm often stresses the inflicting of pain, suffering, or loss.

careful not to harm the animals

When could impair be used to replace hurt?

The words impair and hurt are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, impair suggests a making less complete or efficient by deterioration or diminution.

years of smoking had impaired his health

When would injure be a good substitute for hurt?

While in some cases nearly identical to hurt, injure implies the inflicting of anything detrimental to one's looks, comfort, health, or success.

badly injured in an accident

When is mar a more appropriate choice than hurt?

While the synonyms mar and hurt are close in meaning, mar applies to injury that spoils perfection (as of a surface) or causes disfigurement.

the text is marred by many typos

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The first known use of hurt was in the 13th century

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“Hurt.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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