harm

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English hearm.

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harm (plural harms)

  1. Injury; hurt; damage; detriment; misfortune.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 13, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them. Soft heartedness caused more harm than good.
  2. That which causes injury, damage, or loss.

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  • Adjectives often applied to "harm": bodily, physical, environmental, emotional, financial, serious, irreparable, potential, long-term, short-term, permanent, lasting, material, substantial.

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Verb[edit]

harm (third-person singular simple present harms, present participle harming, simple past and past participle harmed)

  1. To cause injury to another; to hurt; to cause damage to something.

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Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *harmaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱormo- (suffering, pain). Compare Old Norse harmr, Old English hearm, Modern German Harm, Avestan fšarǝma, Middle Persian šarm, Modern Persian شرم (šarm).

Noun[edit]

harm m

  1. harm