- 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 harmer
Harmer added the drone “looks very similar to an Iranian Mohajer-4.”ISIS: We Nabbed an Iranian Drone
November 17, 2014
“Everything North Korean missile engineers figure out about Scuds, within three months the Iranians know about it,” Harmer said.The Syria-North Korea Scud Missile Link
December 14, 2012
I never do, and Harmer has to blue-pencil my copy mercilessly.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908
Lucy Maud Montgomery
See here, do you mean to say you are making fun of Fairy Harmer?Prudence Says So
The conduct of the troops under Harmer was stigmatized as disgraceful.Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3.
Benson J. Lossing
But, you see, Mr Harmer, Im not going to try to do anything literary.The Exiles of Faloo
He (Mr. Harmer) could not help replying, ‘Hang your sympathy; give me your vote.’Yarmouth Notes
Frederick Danby Palmer
- physical or mental injury or damage
- moral evil or wrongdoing
- (tr) to injure physically, morally, or mentally
Word Origin and History for harmer
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."