- causing hurt or injury; injurious; harmful.
Origin of hurtful
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destructive, pernicious; noxious.
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Examples from the Web for hurtful
Some of it is completely silly and some of it is meant to be hurtful.DJ Steve Aoki: To Cake or Not To Cake
August 8, 2014
Twenty years after the phrase entered the American lexicon, “Soccer Mom” retains its power as hurtful speech.Up To a Point: Oops, I Enjoyed Soccer
P. J. O’Rourke
July 13, 2014
They don't understand how hurtful it is to see my father dragged out of the wreckage...No one should see my father this way.TMZ Makes Tragedy Porn Out of Tracy Morgan’s Gruesome Car Accident
June 12, 2014
“Amendment 1” seems to protect bullying on social media and insensitive and hurtful speech as well.P.J. O’Rourke: Who Really Actually Wants This Bill of Rights?
P. J. O’Rourke
April 12, 2014
Jakes is not alone in believing that your family must stay your family no matter how hurtful or dysfunctional they may be.Should You Divorce Your Family After the Holidays?
January 2, 2014
It can be hurtful to none, said Luther, to acknowledge and confess their sins.Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther
Even their prayers are hurtful to him, until he have made his own.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
But the lover is not only hurtful to his love; he is also an extremely disagreeable companion.Phaedrus
Or may we suppose that hunger will remain while men and animals remain, but not so as to be hurtful?Lysis
Are they not profitable when they are rightly used, and hurtful when they are not rightly used?Meno
- causing distress or injuryto say hurtful things
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Word Origin and History for hurtful
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