- harm or damage that is done or sustained: to escape without injury.
- a particular form or instance of harm: an injury to one's shoulder; an injury to one's pride.
- wrong or injustice done or suffered.
- Law. any wrong or violation of the rights, property, reputation, etc., of another for which legal action to recover damages may be made.
- Obsolete. injurious speech; calumny.
Origin of injury
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1. destruction, ruin, impairment, mischief. 1–3. Injury, hurt, wound refer to impairments or wrongs. Injury, originally denoting a wrong done or suffered, is hence used for any kind of evil, impairment, or loss, caused or sustained: physical injury; injury to one's reputation. Hurt suggests especially physical injury, often bodily injury attended with pain: a bad hurt from a fall. A wound is usually a physical hurt caused by cutting, shooting, etc., or an emotional hurt: a serious wound in the shoulder; to inflict a wound by betraying someone's trust.
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- physical damage or hurt
- a specific instance of thisa leg injury
- harm done to a reputation
- law a violation or infringement of another person's rights that causes him harm and is actionable at law
- an obsolete word for insult
C14: from Latin injūria injustice, wrong, from injūriōsus acting unfairly, wrongful, from in- 1 + jūs right
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Word Origin and History for re-injury
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- Damage, harm, or loss, as from trauma.
- A particular form of hurt, damage, or loss.
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Idioms and Phrases with re-injury
see add insult to injury.
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