[ in-joor-ee-uhs ]
/ ɪnˈdʒʊər i əs /


harmful, hurtful, or detrimental, as in effect: injurious eating habits.
doing or involving injury or wrong, as to another: injurious behavior.
insulting; abusive; defamatory; offensive: an injurious statement.

Origin of injurious

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin injūrius or injūriōsus. See injury, -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for injurious


/ (ɪnˈdʒʊərɪəs) /


causing damage or harm; deleterious; hurtful
abusive, slanderous, or libellous
Derived Formsinjuriously, adverbinjuriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for injurious



early 15c., "abusive," from Middle French injurios (14c., Modern French injurieux) and directly from Latin injuriosus "unlawful, wrongful, harmful, noxious," from injuria (see injury). Related: Injuriously.

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