[ in-juh-ree ]
/ ˈɪn dʒə ri /
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noun, plural in·ju·ries.
harm or damage that is done or sustained: to escape without injury.
a particular form or instance of harm: an injury to one's shoulder; an injury to one's pride.
wrong or injustice done or suffered.
Law. any wrong or violation of the rights, property, reputation, etc., of another for which legal action to recover damages may be made.
Obsolete. injurious speech; calumny.
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Origin of injury

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English injurie, from Latin injūria “unlawful conduct, injustice,” equivalent to in- in-3 + jūr-, stem of jūs “right, law” (see jus, just1) + -ia -ia

synonym study for injury

1-3. Injury, hurt, wound refer to impairments or wrongs. Injury, originally denoting a wrong done or suffered, is hence used for any kind of evil, impairment, or loss, caused or sustained: physical injury; injury to one's reputation. Hurt suggests especially physical injury, often bodily injury attended with pain: a bad hurt from a fall. A wound is usually a physical hurt caused by cutting, shooting, etc., or an emotional hurt: a serious wound in the shoulder; to inflict a wound by betraying someone's trust.


non·in·ju·ry, noun, plural non·in·ju·ries.re·in·ju·ry, noun, plural re·in·ju·ries.self-in·ju·ry, noun, plural self·-in·ju·ries.
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British Dictionary definitions for injury

/ (ˈɪndʒərɪ) /

noun plural -ries
physical damage or hurt
a specific instance of thisa leg injury
harm done to a reputation
law a violation or infringement of another person's rights that causes him harm and is actionable at law
an obsolete word for insult

Word Origin for injury

C14: from Latin injūria injustice, wrong, from injūriōsus acting unfairly, wrongful, from in- 1 + jūs right
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see add insult to injury.

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