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The synonyms of “Harm” are: damage, hurt, scathe, injury, trauma, impairment, pain, suffering, distress, anguish, torment, grief, evil, badness, wrong, mischief, wrongdoing, immorality, ill, wickedness, vice, iniquity, sin, sinfulness, nefariousness, injure, wound, maltreat, mistreat, misuse, ill-treat, ill-use, abuse, molest, inflict pain on, inflict suffering on, handle roughly, treat roughly, do violence to, lay a finger on
Harm as a Noun
Definitions of "Harm" as a noun
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “harm” as a noun can have the following definitions:
- The act of damaging something or someone.
- Physical injury, especially that which is deliberately inflicted.
- Actual or potential ill effects or danger.
- Material damage.
- The occurrence of a change for the worse.
- Any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
Synonyms of "Harm" as a noun (25 Words)
|anguish||Severe mental or physical pain or suffering.|
Philip gave a cry of anguish.
|badness||Poor quality or low standard.|
None of you are doing justice to the badness of this film.
|damage||Any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right.|
How much is the damage.
|distress||Extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain.|
The death of his wife caused him great distress.
|evil||That which causes harm or destruction or misfortune- Shakespeare.|
Attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world.
|grief||Intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death.|
She was overcome with grief.
|hurt||Any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.|
Rolling properly into a fall minimizes hurt.
|ill||A problem or misfortune.|
How could I wish him ill.
|immorality||Morally objectionable behavior.|
He believed his father had been punished by God for his immorality.
|impairment||The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine.|
A degree of physical or mental impairment.
|iniquity||Absence of moral or spiritual values.|
A den of iniquity.
|injury||Wrongdoing that violates another’s rights and is unjustly inflicted.|
She suffered an injury to her back.
|mischief||Harm or trouble caused by someone or something.|
She was bent on making mischief.
|nefariousness||The quality of being wicked.|
|pain||Emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid.|
She s in great pain.
|scathe||The act of damaging something or someone.|
It was cheering to hear that you had got through winter and diphtheria without scathe.
|sin||The 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet.|
The human capacity for sin.
|sinfulness||Estrangement from god.|
His disregard for the sufferings of his fellow countrymen.
|torment||A feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented.|
The journey must have been a torment for them.
|trauma||Emotional shock following a stressful event or a physical injury, which may lead to long-term neurosis.|
The event is relived with all the accompanying trauma.
|vice||A specific form of evildoing.|
A mobile phone network is being used to peddle vice.
|wickedness||The quality of being disgusting to the senses or emotions.|
The wickedness of the regime.
|wrong||An unjust, dishonest, or immoral act.|
I have done you a great wrong.
|wrongdoing||Illegal or dishonest behaviour.|
Police have denied any wrongdoing.
Usage Examples of "Harm" as a noun
- I didn't mean to cause him any harm.
- I can't see any harm in it.
- It's unlikely to do much harm to the engine.
Harm as a Verb
Definitions of "Harm" as a verb
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “harm” as a verb can have the following definitions:
- Damage the health of.
- Have an adverse effect on.
- Physically injure.
- Cause or do harm to.
Synonyms of "Harm" as a verb (16 Words)
|abuse||Use foul or abusive language towards.|
The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket.
|do violence to||Be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity.|
|handle roughly||Act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression.|
|hurt||Hurt the feelings of.|
High interest rates are hurting the local economy.
|inflict pain on||Impose something unpleasant.|
|inflict suffering on||Impose something unpleasant.|
|injure||Cause damage or affect negatively.|
The explosion injured several people.
|lay a finger on||Lay eggs.|
|maltreat||Treat (a person or animal) cruelly or with violence.|
Children die from neglect or are maltreated by their carers.
|mistreat||Treat (a person or animal) badly, cruelly, or unfairly.|
A dog which has been mistreated will remain very wary of strangers.
|misuse||Apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly.|
We felt that we had been deceived and misused.
|treat roughly||Subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition.|
|wound||Inflict a wound on.|
The sergeant was seriously wounded.
Usage Examples of "Harm" as a verb
- This could harm his World Cup prospects.
- The villains didn't harm him.
- These pills won't harm your system.
- Smoking when pregnant can harm your baby.
Associations of "Harm" (30 Words)
|con||A swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property.|
The Charter is a glossy public relations con.
|damage||Inflict damage upon.|
These fine china cups damage easily.
|damaging||Designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions.|
Damaging allegations of corruption.
|defect||A mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person’s body.|
If there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer.
|demerit||A fault or disadvantage.|
The merits and demerits of these proposals.
|detriment||The state of being harmed or damaged.|
Light industry can be carried out in a residential area without detriment to its amenities.
|detrimental||(sometimes followed by `to’) causing harm or injury.|
Moving her could have a detrimental effect on her health.
|disadvantage||Put at a disadvantage hinder harm.|
The pension scheme tends to disadvantage women.
|disfigure||Mar or spoil the appearance of.|
The vandals disfigured the statue.
|downside||A negative aspect of something that is generally positive.|
He says being a rock star is a fun line of work when you re young but admits fame can have its downsides.
|drawback||A feature that renders something less acceptable; a disadvantage or problem.|
He pointed out all the drawbacks to my plan.
|failing||Failure to reach a minimum required performance.|
His failing the course led to his disqualification.
|fatal||Controlled or decreed by fate; predetermined.|
The fatal day of the election finally arrived.
|fault||Of a rock formation be broken by a fault or faults.|
He served too many double faults.
|flawed||Having or characterized by a fundamental weakness or imperfection.|
A fatally flawed strategy.
|harmful||Causing or capable of causing harm.|
The ozone layer blocks the harmful rays from the sun.
|inadequacy||Unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate.|
Her feelings of personal inadequacy.
|injurious||(of language) maliciously insulting; libellous.|
Food which is injurious to health.
|injury||Damage to a person’s feelings.|
An ankle injury.
|irremediable||Impossible to cure or put right.|
Irremediable marital breakdowns.
|libel||The action or crime of publishing a libel.|
The newspaper was accused of libeling him.
|libellous||Harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign.|
A libellous newspaper story.
|maleficent||Causing harm or destruction, especially by supernatural means.|
A maleficent deity.
|mischief||A person responsible for harm or annoyance.|
She was bent on making mischief.
|misconceive||Fail to understand (something) correctly.|
Criticism of the trade surplus in Washington is misconceived.
|misunderstanding||An understanding of something that is not correct.|
He left the army after a slight misunderstanding with his commanding officer.
|neurotoxin||Any toxin that affects neural tissues.|
|prejudicial||(sometimes followed by `to’) causing harm or injury.|
The reporter s coverage resulted in prejudicial publicity for the defendant.
|shortcoming||A failing or deficiency.|
He is so forthright about his shortcomings it s hard to chastise him.
|unforced||Not brought about by coercion or force.|
An unforced cheerfulness.