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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'll demonstrate what we can do if he harms Inverness and Brady.

    The Death-Traps of FX-31 Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • But the law does not even seek to indemnify a man from all harms.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • It is so adjusted as to soak up all evidence that helps it, and shed all that harms it.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • I've had new cushings put in, and my harms in goold on the back.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The harms on the cheers is the harms of the Carabas family.'

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for harms

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 harms

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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