Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

hurtful

[hurt-fuh l]
See more synonyms for hurtful on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. causing hurt or injury; injurious; harmful.
Show More

Origin of hurtful

First recorded in 1520–30; hurt + -ful
Related formshurt·ful·ly, adverbhurt·ful·ness, nounun·hurt·ful, adjectiveun·hurt·ful·ly, adverb

Synonyms

See more synonyms for hurtful on Thesaurus.com
destructive, pernicious; noxious.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for hurtful

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • It can be hurtful to none, said Luther, to acknowledge and confess their sins.

  • Even their prayers are hurtful to him, until he have made his own.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • But the lover is not only hurtful to his love; he is also an extremely disagreeable companion.

  • Or may we suppose that hunger will remain while men and animals remain, but not so as to be hurtful?

    Lysis

    Plato

  • Are they not profitable when they are rightly used, and hurtful when they are not rightly used?

    Meno

    Plato


British Dictionary definitions for hurtful

hurtful

adjective
  1. causing distress or injuryto say hurtful things
Show More
Derived Formshurtfully, adverbhurtfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hurtful

adj.

"harmful," mid-15c., from hurt (n.) + -ful. Related: Hurtfully; hurtfulness.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper