- 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.)
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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.
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- to cause physical or mental harm or suffering to; hurt or wound
- to offend, esp by an injustice
C16: back formation from injury
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Word Origin and History for reinjure
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.
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