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[in-jer] /ˈɪn dʒər/
verb (used with object), injured, injuring.
to do or cause harm of any kind to; damage; hurt; impair:
to injure one's hand.
to do wrong or injustice to.
to wound or offend:
to injure a friend's feelings.
Origin of injure
1575-85; back formation from injury (noun); replacing injury (v.)
Related forms
injurable, adjective
injurer, noun
quasi-injured, adjective
reinjure, verb (used with object), reinjured, reinjuring.
uninjured, adjective
uninjuring, adjective
1. spoil, ruin, break, mar. Injure, impair mean to harm or damage something. Injure is a general term referring to any kind or degree of damage: to injure one's spine; to injure one's reputation. To impair is to make imperfect in any way, often with a suggestion of progressive deterioration and of permanency in the result: One's health is impaired by overwork. 2. maltreat, abuse.
1. benefit. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for injurer
Historical Examples
  • How hard it is for an injurer to forgive him he has injured!

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • I do not envy you, sir; it is always better to be the injured than the injurer.

    Bristol Bells Emma Marshall
  • I sunk to the ground, and my injurer, with increased swiftness, escaped into the wood.

    Frankenstein Mary W. Shelley
  • These two men have quarrelled, and it is impossible to say which of them is the injured and which the injurer.

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • But though the injured may forgive, the injurer seldom does.

    The Life of Benjamin Franklin Mason Locke Weems
  • You prove the adage false which says, 'The injurer never forgives.'

    The Actress in High Life

    Sue Petigru Bowen
  • The two of you fought, and, as is often the way, the injurer seemed again to win.


    Mary Johnston
  • I have taken the offspring of my injurer and warmed it in my bosom.

    Tales of the Chesapeake

    George Alfred Townsend
  • A ferocious cupidity, a brutal passion, have impelled the injurer of Louise Morel to the most odious crimes.

  • It is so, when an injured friend dies,—the injurer is fast bound by the crime he has committed.

British Dictionary definitions for injurer


verb (transitive)
to cause physical or mental harm or suffering to; hurt or wound
to offend, esp by an injustice
Derived Forms
injurable, adjective
injured, adjective
injurer, noun
Word Origin
C16: back formation from injury
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Word Origin and History for injurer



mid-15c., "do an injustice to, dishonor," probably a back-formation from injury, or else from Middle French injuriier, from Latin injurare. Injury also served as a verb (late 15c.). Related: Injured; injuring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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