AskDefine | Define hurtful

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hurtful adj
1 causing hurt; "her hurtful unconsidered words"
2 harmful to living things; "deleterious chemical additives" [syn: deleterious, injurious]

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  1. Tending to impair or damage; injurious; mischievous; occasioning loss or injury; causing pain or suffering.


  • 1649: John Milton, Eikonoklastes
    A good principle not rightly understood may prove as hurtful as a bad.
  • 1890: George Henry Rohé, Text-book of hygiene
    Well-cultivated soils are often healthy; nor at present has it been proved that the use of manure is hurtful.


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