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[hahrm] /hɑrm/
noun
1.
physical injury or mental damage; hurt:
to do him bodily harm.
2.
moral injury; evil; wrong.
verb (used with object)
3.
to do or cause harm to; injure; damage; hurt:
to harm one's reputation.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English hearm; cognate with German Harm, Old Norse harmr
Related forms
harmer, noun
self-harming, adjective
unharmed, adjective
unharming, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. See damage. 3. maltreat, abuse.
Antonyms
1. benefit. 3. help.

HARM

[hahrm] /hɑrm/
noun, Military
1.
a U.S. air-to-surface missile designed to detect and destroy radar sites by homing on their emissions.
Origin
H(igh-speed) A(nti) R(adiation) M(issile)
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Examples for harm
  • harm can be physical or mental, therefore it is still considered harm because of the physical injury involved.
  • The chemical building blocks that make plastics so versatile are the same components that might harm people and the environment.
  • Insects and diseases seldom cause well-grown plants much harm.
  • However, it can't do any harm and politeness is always appreciated.
  • He should rejoin the modern world, before he does real harm.
  • We tend to regard pain as an unfortunate by-product of physical harm.
  • At a minimum, a presentation format should do no harm.
  • And some aspects of drug-taking do indeed harm others.
  • But some virologists caution that alarmist warnings could harm preparedness plans.
  • Evidence is mounting that repeated concussions can do long-term harm to the brain.
British Dictionary definitions for harm

harm

/hɑːm/
noun
1.
physical or mental injury or damage
2.
moral evil or wrongdoing
verb
3.
(transitive) to injure physically, morally, or mentally
Derived Forms
harmer, noun
Word Origin
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 harm
harm
O.E. hearm "hurt, evil, grief, pain, insult," from P.Gmc. *kharmaz (cf. O.N. harmr, O.Fris. herm, Ger. harm "grief, sorrow, harm"). The verb is from O.E. hearmian "to hurt," and ousted O.E. skeþþan "scathe" in all but a few senses.
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Related Abbreviations for harm

HARM

high-speed antiradiation missile
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Idioms and Phrases with harm
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