- 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?
- to cause damage to; injure or harm; reduce the value or usefulness of: He damaged the saw on a nail.
- to become damaged: Soft wood damages easily.
Origin of damage
Synonyms for damageSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for damagesblow, devastation, harm, illness, hardship, bruise, wound, corruption, disturbance, suffering, accident, deterioration, contamination, destruction, impairment, catastrophe, casualty, pollution, pollute, impair
Examples from the Web for damages
Contemporary Examples of damages
Constand claimed that the accusation was patently false, and demanded $150,000 in damages from the tabloid and attorney.How Bill Cosby Allegedly Silenced His Accusers Through A Tabloid Smear Campaign
November 21, 2014
He sought $550,000 in damages, and du Pont vehemently denied the charges.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
They could not sue for emotional distress, damages for which can only be won in a wrongful life suit.Parents Sue for 'Wrongful Birth'
August 17, 2014
The paper apologized and forked over an undisclosed sum in “damages.”Hollywood vs. The Daily Mail: George Clooney and Angelina Jolie Take On The UK's Leanest, Meanest Gossip Machine
Lizzie Crocker, Lloyd Grove
July 12, 2014
She is seeking “more than $25,000” in damages, as well as a promise that this type of exposure would not happen again.Patient’s STD Diagnosis Posted on Facebook
June 6, 2014
Historical Examples of damages
And let some everlastin' lawyer sue me out of my last cent for damages.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
The mother is not "next of kin" and can not sue for damages to a minor child.
If he wanted to be that he'd never have claimed these damages.The Fugitive (Third Series Plays)
This fact is, of course, important in an action for damages.The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men
Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
No, it is slavery which made this war, and slavery which must pay the damages.The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V
James Russell Lowell
- law money to be paid as compensation to a person for injury, loss, etc
- 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?)
- (tr) to cause damage to
- (intr) to suffer damage
Word Origin for damage
early 14c., from Old French damagier, from damage (see damage (n.)). Related: Damaged; damaging.
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).
In addition to the idioms beginning with damage
- damage control
- damaged goods
- do one wrong (damage)
- the damage