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[in-joo r-ee-uh s] /ɪnˈdʒʊər i əs/
harmful, hurtful, or detrimental, as in effect:
injurious eating habits.
doing or involving injury or wrong, as to another:
injurious behavior.
insulting; abusive; defamatory; offensive:
an injurious statement.
Origin of injurious
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin injūrius or injūriōsus. See injury, -ous
Related forms
injuriously, adverb
injuriousness, noun
noninjurious, adjective
noninjuriously, adverb
noninjuriousness, noun
preinjurious, adjective
quasi-injurious, adjective
quasi-injuriously, adverb
self-injurious, adjective
uninjurious, adjective
uninjuriously, adverb
uninjuriousness, noun
1. damaging, deleterious, pernicious; baneful, destructive, ruinous. 2. unjust, wrongful, prejudicial, inequitable. 3. derogatory, slanderous, libelous.
1. beneficial. 3. complimentary. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If reproved, she would reply with a flood of injurious words.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • A machine that absorbs more labour than it takes the place of is injurious.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • There is nothing to prove that such marriages are injurious to the offspring.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • "No man had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him," said Burke.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • But courage is a good thing, and mere endurance may be hurtful and injurious.

    Laches Plato
  • Unfortunately the practice of the Government has been most injurious.

  • It says that all this talking and agitation are injurious to you,—that you must be left alone.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • I knew all this talking was injurious, and I am much to blame for having permitted it.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for injurious


causing damage or harm; deleterious; hurtful
abusive, slanderous, or libellous
Derived Forms
injuriously, adverb
injuriousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for injurious

early 15c., "abusive," from Middle French injurios (14c., Modern French injurieux) and directly from Latin injuriosus "unlawful, wrongful, harmful, noxious," from injuria (see injury). Related: Injuriously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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