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[hahrm]
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noun
  1. physical injury or mental damage; hurt: to do him bodily harm.
  2. moral injury; evil; wrong.
verb (used with object)
  1. to do or cause harm to; injure; damage; hurt: to harm one's reputation.

Origin of harm

before 900; Middle English; Old English hearm; cognate with German Harm, Old Norse harmr
Related formsharm·er, nounself-harm·ing, adjectiveun·harmed, adjectiveun·harm·ing, adjective

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3. maltreat, abuse.

Synonym study

1, 2. See damage.

Antonyms

1. benefit. 3. help.
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British Dictionary definitions for harmer

harm

noun
  1. physical or mental injury or damage
  2. moral evil or wrongdoing
verb
  1. (tr) to injure physically, morally, or mentally
Derived Formsharmer, 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 harmer

harm

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.

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."

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Idioms and Phrases with harmer

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