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[hahrm] /hɑrm/
physical injury or mental damage; hurt:
to do him bodily harm.
moral injury; evil; wrong.
verb (used with object)
to do or cause harm to; injure; damage; hurt:
to harm one's reputation.
Origin of harm
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
1, 2. See damage. 3. maltreat, abuse.
1. benefit. 3. help.


[hahrm] /hɑrm/
noun, Military
a U.S. air-to-surface missile designed to detect and destroy radar sites by homing on their emissions.
H(igh-speed) A(nti) R(adiation) M(issile) Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


physical or mental injury or damage
moral evil or wrongdoing
(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

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."


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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Related Abbreviations for harm


high-speed antiradiation missile
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