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  1. physical injury or mental damage; hurt: to do him bodily harm.
  2. moral injury; evil; wrong.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to do or cause harm to; injure; damage; hurt: to harm one's reputation.
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Origin of harm

before 900; Middle English; Old English hearm; cognate with German Harm, Old Norse harmr
Related formsharm·er, nounself-harm·ing, adjectiveun·harmed, adjectiveun·harm·ing, adjective

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Synonym study

1, 2. See damage.

Antonyms for harm

1. benefit. 3. help.
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Related Words for unharmed

untouched, intact, unscathed, undamaged, uninjured, okay, protected, safe, sound, unscarred, unscratched

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British Dictionary definitions for unharmed


  1. not having sustained physical, moral, or mental injury
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  1. physical or mental injury or damage
  2. moral evil or wrongdoing
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  1. (tr) to injure physically, morally, or mentally
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Derived Formsharmer, noun

Word Origin for harm

Old English hearm; related to Old Norse harmr grief, Old High German harm injury, Old Slavonic sramǔ disgrace
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Word Origin and History for unharmed


mid-14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of harm.

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Old English hearmian "to hurt" (see harm (n.)). It has ousted Old English skeþþan "scathe" in all but a few senses. Related: Harmed; harming.

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Old English hearm "hurt, evil, grief, pain, insult," from Proto-Germanic *harmaz (cf. Old Saxon harm, Old Norse harmr, Old Frisian herm "insult; pain," Old High German harm, German Harm "grief, sorrow, harm"), from PIE *kormo- "pain."

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Idioms and Phrases with unharmed


see do one wrong (harm); out of harm's way.

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