- physical injury or mental damage; hurt: to do him bodily harm.
- moral injury; evil; wrong.
- to do or cause harm to; injure; damage; hurt: to harm one's reputation.
Origin of harm
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- a U.S. air-to-surface missile designed to detect and destroy radar sites by homing on their emissions.
Origin of HARM
Examples from the Web for harm
I thought about the mother, her fear of the dark, of the harm she feared might come to her daughters.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
I meant no harm by it, but I remembered how this person talked, and I did it for my Mom and she was not into it.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
The official spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to harm future access to those embattled communities.ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says
January 2, 2015
Whether or not Hippocrates ever actually said “First, do no harm,” the axiom is central to medical ethics.Why So Many Surgeons Are Psychos
December 17, 2014
As you put it, “letting some business owners exercise their conscience would cause no harm to gays.”Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
We missed our morning mass, it will do us no harm to hear Nones in the Minster.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
You shall be reckless as you like—but without your stored energy surplus to harm you.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"Shure a little drink will do me no harm," said Mrs. Malone.Brave and Bold
What harm can that swearing coachman do, I should like to know, in the street yonder?
I never in my life saw any harm done by a villain; I wish I could.
- physical or mental injury or damage
- moral evil or wrongdoing
- (tr) to injure physically, morally, or mentally
Word Origin and History for harm
Old English hearm "hurt, evil, grief, pain, insult," from Proto-Germanic *harmaz (cf. Old Saxon harm, Old Norse harmr, Old Frisian herm "insult; pain," Old High German harm, German Harm "grief, sorrow, harm"), from PIE *kormo- "pain."
Old English hearmian "to hurt" (see harm (n.)). It has ousted Old English skeþþan "scathe" in all but a few senses. Related: Harmed; harming.