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injure

[ in-jer ]
/ ˈɪn dʒər /
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verb (used with object), in·jured, in·jur·ing.

to do or cause harm of any kind to; damage; hurt; impair: to injure one's hand.
to do wrong or injustice to.
to wound or offend: to injure a friend's feelings.

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torture, wound, damage, cripple, break, disable, batter, maim, mutilate, deface, distress, foul, impair, pique, torment, total, weaken, tarnish, ruin, deform

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injudicious, injun, injunct, injunction, injunctive, injure, injured, injurious, injuriously, injury, injury list

Origin of injure

1575–85; back formation from injury (noun); replacing injury (v.)
SYNONYMS FOR injure
1 spoil, ruin, break, mar. Injure, impair mean to harm or damage something. Injure is a general term referring to any kind or degree of damage: to injure one's spine; to injure one's reputation. To impair is to make imperfect in any way, often with a suggestion of progressive deterioration and of permanency in the result: One's health is impaired by overwork.
2 maltreat, abuse.
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injure

/ (ˈɪndʒə) /

verb (tr)

to cause physical or mental harm or suffering to; hurt or wound
to offend, esp by an injustice
Derived Formsinjurable, adjectiveinjured, adjectiveinjurer, noun

Word Origin for injure

C16: back formation from injury
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Word Origin and History for injure

injure


v.

mid-15c., "do an injustice to, dishonor," probably a back-formation from injury, or else from Middle French injuriier, from Latin injurare. Injury also served as a verb (late 15c.). Related: Injured; injuring.

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