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
Related formsin·ju·ri·ous·ly, adverbin·ju·ri·ous·ness, nounnon·in·ju·ri·ous, adjectivenon·in·ju·ri·ous·ly, adverbnon·in·ju·ri·ous·ness, nounpre·in·ju·ri·ous, adjectivequa·si-in·ju·ri·ous, adjectivequa·si-in·ju·ri·ous·ly, adverbself-in·ju·ri·ous, adjectiveun·in·ju·ri·ous, adjectiveun·in·ju·ri·ous·ly, adverbun·in·ju·ri·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms for injurious

Antonyms for injurious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for injurious

Contemporary Examples of injurious

Historical Examples of injurious

  • If reproved, she would reply with a flood of injurious words.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • A machine that absorbs more labour than it takes the place of is injurious.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • There is nothing to prove that such marriages are injurious to the offspring.

  • "No man had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him," said Burke.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • But courage is a good thing, and mere endurance may be hurtful and injurious.



British Dictionary definitions for injurious



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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