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harm

[hahrm] /hɑrm/
noun
1.
physical injury or mental damage; hurt:
to do him bodily harm.
2.
moral injury; evil; wrong.
verb (used with object)
3.
to do or cause harm to; injure; damage; hurt:
to harm one's reputation.
Origin of harm
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English hearm; cognate with German Harm, Old Norse harmr
Related forms
harmer, noun
self-harming, adjective
unharmed, adjective
unharming, adjective
Synonyms
3. maltreat, abuse.
Antonyms
1. benefit. 3. help.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See damage.

HARM

[hahrm] /hɑrm/
noun, Military.
1.
a U.S. air-to-surface missile designed to detect and destroy radar sites by homing on their emissions.
Origin
H(igh-speed) A(nti) R(adiation) M(issile)
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  • 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 Horatio Alger
  • I never in my life saw any harm done by a villain; I wish I could.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • What harm can that swearing coachman do, I should like to know, in the street yonder?

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
British Dictionary definitions for harm

harm

/hɑːm/
noun
1.
physical or mental injury or damage
2.
moral evil or wrongdoing
verb
3.
(transitive) to injure physically, morally, or mentally
Derived Forms
harmer, noun
Word Origin
Old English hearm; related to Old Norse harmr grief, Old High German harm injury, Old Slavonic sramǔ disgrace
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Word Origin and History for harm
n.

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."

v.

Old English hearmian "to hurt" (see harm (n.)). It has ousted Old English skeþþan "scathe" in all but a few senses. Related: Harmed; harming.

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