Synonyms & Antonyms of injury

1 something that causes loss or pain
  • the harsh words were the worst injury that his father could inflict

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2 unfair or inadequate treatment of someone or something or an instance of this
  • the state did the rancher an injury when it destroyed his herd of cattle without adequate proof that it was diseased

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How does the noun injury contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of injury are grievance, injustice, and wrong. While all these words mean "an act that inflicts undeserved hurt," injury applies in law specifically to an injustice for which one may sue to recover compensation.

libel constitutes a legal injury

When could grievance be used to replace injury?

The synonyms grievance and injury are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

When is it sensible to use injustice instead of injury?

In some situations, the words injustice and injury are roughly equivalent. However, injustice applies to any act that involves unfairness to another or violation of one's rights.

the injustices suffered by the lower classes

In what contexts can wrong take the place of injury?

While in some cases nearly identical to 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

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The first known use of injury was in the 14th century

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“Injury.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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