SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun injury or harm that reduces value or usefulness: The storm did considerable damage to the crops. damages, . Law the estimated money equivalent for detriment or injury sustained. Often damages. . Informal cost; expense; charge: What are the damages for the lubrication job on my car? verb (used with object), dam·aged, dam·ag·ing. to cause damage to; injure or harm; reduce the value or usefulness of: He damaged the saw on a nail. verb (used without object), dam·aged, dam·ag·ing. to become damaged: Soft wood damages easily. Origin of damage 1250–1300; Middle English
damage, fine) +
damn Related forms dam·age·a·ble, adjective dam·age·a·ble·ness, dam·age·a·bil·i·ty, noun dam·ag·er, noun non·dam·age·a·ble, adjective pre·dam·age, noun, verb (used with object), pre·dam·aged, pre·dam·ag·ing. qua·si-dam·aged, adjective re·dam·age, verb (used with object), re·dam·aged, re·dam·ag·ing. un·dam·age·a·ble, adjective un·dam·aged, adjective Synonym study 1. Damage, detriment, harm, mischief refer to injuries of various kinds. Damage is the kind of injury or the effect of injury that directly impairs appearance, value, usefulness, soundness, etc.: Fire causes damage to property. Detriment is a falling off from an original condition as the result of damage, depreciation, devaluation, etc.: Overeating is a detriment to health. Harm may denote either physical hurt or mental, moral, or spiritual injury: bodily harm; harm to one's self-confidence. Mischief may be damage, harm, trouble, or misfortune caused by a person, especially if maliciously: an enemy who would do one mischief.
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Examples from the Web for damager Historical Examples of damager British Dictionary definitions for damager noun injury or harm impairing the function or condition of a person or thing loss of something desirable informal cost; expense (esp in the phrase what's the damage?) verb (tr) to cause damage to (intr) to suffer damage Derived Forms damageable, adjective damageability, noun damager, noun damaging, adjective damagingly, adverb Word Origin for damage
C14: from Old French, from Latin
damnum injury, loss, fine
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Word Origin and History for damager v.
early 14c., from Old French
damagier, from damage (see damage (n.)). Related: Damaged; damaging. n.
late 13c., from Old French
damage (12c., Modern French dommage) "loss caused by injury," from dam "damage," from Latin damnum "loss, hurt, damage" (see damn).
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Idioms and Phrases with damager
In addition to the idioms beginning with
damage damage control damaged goods
do one wrong (damage) the damage
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