- causing or capable of causing damages; harmful; injurious.
Origin of damaging
- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for damage on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for damaging
It is the steady accretion of detail that may yet be the most damaging factor in the battle for British hearts and minds.From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
He lambasts the case as without evidence, an unfair trial, and damaging for the American reputation.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five
December 28, 2014
In 2006 then-Senator Barack Obama understood how damaging illegal immigration is for the working people of this country.The Liberal Case Against Illegal Immigration
November 25, 2014
Equally as damaging is the notion that those not preparing to protest the verdict must be armed for protection.Riot Prep Could Fuel Ferguson Violence
November 13, 2014
If Republicans blow it and fail to pass significant legislation, that will be a huge lost opportunity and damaging for 2016.Voters Remind D.C. That the Economy Still Sucks
November 6, 2014
I would be a fool to go among them and receive some damaging blow.The Middle Class Gentleman
That's abominable of you, Socrates; you take the words in the sense which is most damaging to the argument.The Republic
So his setting was not merely inharmonious; it was damaging.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
Oh, Annesley Beecher, can you not see how you are damaging your own cause?Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
He felt as though he had been entrapped into a damaging exposure.The Point Of Honor
- 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 and History for damaging
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).
Idioms and Phrases with damaging
In addition to the idioms beginning with damage
- damage control
- damaged goods
- do one wrong (damage)
- the damage