in·​ju·​ry | \ ˈinj-rē How to pronounce injury (audio) , ˈin-jə- \
plural injuries

Definition of injury

1 : hurt, damage, or loss sustained
2a : an act that damages or hurts : wrong
b : violation of another's rights for which the law allows an action to recover damages

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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 The Lions lost top cornerback Jeff Okudah to a torn Achilles tendon in Week 1, and his replacement, third-round pick Ifeatu Melifonwu, to a quad injury in Week 2. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 12 Oct. 2021 With a bigger workload due to Joe Mixon's ankle injury, Perine was solid in his duties running the ball. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 12 Oct. 2021 Justin Tucker’s 23-yard field goal ended the shutout — and a drive in which the Ravens lost wide receiver Sammy Watkins and left guard Ben Cleveland to a hamstring and knee injury, respectively. Jonas Shaffer,, 12 Oct. 2021 To add insult to injury, the physicians best equipped to get ahead of deadly diseases (internal- and family-medicine doctors) sit at the bottom of the healthcare hierarchy and near the bottom of the wage scale. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 The cyclists' injuries range from fractures and soft tissue injuries to traumatic brain injury. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 11 Oct. 2021 For Mattera, still reeling from his brother’s death, the news added insult to injury. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Oct. 2021 This past month has also brought a reassessment of quarterback C.J. Stroud, who struggled early, missed the Akron win due to injury but has been on point against Big Ten competition. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2021 With Capobianco week to week due to injury, this group minus him could open the season in its entirety. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 10 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of injury

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for injury

Middle English injurie, from Anglo-French, Latin injuria, from injurus injurious, from in- + jur-, jus right — more at just

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“Injury.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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


in·​ju·​ry | \ ˈin-jə-rē How to pronounce injury (audio) \
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


in·​ju·​ry | \ ˈinj-(ə-)rē How to pronounce injury (audio) \
plural injuries

Medical Definition of injury

: hurt, damage, or loss sustained

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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

History and Etymology for injury

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

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