- 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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Examples from the Web for harmed
The federal bench will be harmed by dozens of vacancies going unfilled, causing a case backlog.If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday
November 4, 2014
These suits assert, basically, that the child herself was harmed by the very fact of her own birth.Parents Sue for 'Wrongful Birth'
August 17, 2014
How can the answer be “Send them back to the violence from which they came,” where they will undoubtedly be harmed?Is it Time to Send Lady Liberty Back to France?
July 20, 2014
Because sometimes the safety of our families, outweighs your privacy, if we can be harmed by it.Michigan Protects Gun Nuts’ Privacy Instead of the Rest of Us
June 26, 2014
No one was harmed during the filming, but judging by the blooper reel at the end, there were a lot of respawns.Viral Video of the Day: Terminator 2, Grand Theft Auto V Style
June 6, 2014
If you have harmed Miss Maxon I'll put a bullet in your heart!The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Yet in all this time neither had harmed the other nor caused his blood to flow.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Well, who is harmed by my trying to better myself in a new world?In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
And if we do not find her safe and well, woe to the man who has harmed her.The Inn at the Red Oak
But my own misery is nothing; I can die, I can go mad, and who will be harmed?Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- physical or mental injury or damage
- moral evil or wrongdoing
- (tr) to injure physically, morally, or mentally
Word Origin and History for harmed
Old English hearmian "to hurt" (see harm (n.)). It has ousted Old English skeþþan "scathe" in all but a few senses. Related: Harmed; harming.
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."