physical injury or mental damage; hurt: to do him bodily harm.
moral injury; evil; wrong.
to do or cause harm to; injure; damage; hurt: to harm one's reputation.
- harmer, noun
- self-harming, adjective
- un·harmed, adjective
- un·harm·ing, adjective
Other definitions for HARM (2 of 2)
a U.S. air-to-surface missile designed to detect and destroy radar sites by homing on their emissions.
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How to use harm in a sentence
This kind of prejudice harms innocent people, whether Muslim or mistakenly thought to be Muslim.
Hamas is a vile organization that manipulates and harms the Palestinian people instead of helping them.Why I’m Against Hamas, Against What Israel Is Doing, and For Judaism | Sally Kohn | July 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But even if you blame the parties equally, or blame the Democrats more, you should lament this: It harms the United States.American Statesmanship Is Depressingly MIA on Border Kids, MH17 & Gaza | Michael Tomasky | July 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Asked if such sex could harm women the same way it harms gay men, Morton thought for a moment.Crucifixes, Gorillas, and Adult Diapers: My March Against Gay Marriage | Olivia Nuzzi | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The only person this entirely unneccesary kerfuffle harms is Kate Middleton herself.Kate Middleton's History of Flesh-Flashing Wardrobe Malfunctions | Tom Sykes | May 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If it spreads beyond his premises and harms others his liability for the harm must be grounded on his negligence.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Black Will had been mutilated, and Walker nearly drowned, but "the close contriver of all harms" had kept out of harm's way.It Is Never Too Late to Mend | Charles Reade
Where God gives, envy harms not; and where he gives not, no labour avails.
Moreover, he calls himself the Son of God, and disturbs the foundations on which society rests, and therefore harms people.Let us follow Him | Henryk Sienkiewicz
We have gotten over the harms done us by the war of 1812, but not over some of those done us by Jackson's presidency.Life On The Mississippi, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for harm
physical or mental injury or damage
moral evil or wrongdoing
(tr) to injure physically, morally, or mentally
- harmer, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with harm
see do one wrong (harm); out of harm's way.
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