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[hurt-fuh l] /ˈhɜrt fəl/
causing hurt or injury; injurious; harmful.
Origin of hurtful
1520-30; hurt + -ful
Related forms
hurtfully, adverb
hurtfulness, noun
unhurtful, adjective
unhurtfully, adverb
destructive, pernicious; noxious. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hurtful
  • My parents were antagonistic to me and all my siblings, and flat out rude and hurtful to the grandchildren.
  • In an age when filial duty was a point of pride, especially for daughters, this was especially hurtful.
  • We must remember that injured feelings can be much more lastingly hurtful than physical pain.
  • Sharp sticks, hurtful and pointed, sticks to poke and prod an angry people into easily biddable groups.
  • In turn, she replied to them in a manner that many member of our community-myself included-consider offensive and hurtful.
  • If you've ever been the target of harsh and unkind words, you know how hurtful they can be.
  • They often experience discrimination from strangers, and even hurtful comments from health professionals.
  • Words that are hurtful or hateful have no place on our books or in our hearts.
  • If you have ever been around a bully or been picked on by a bully, you know how hurtful they can be.
  • Use no hurtful deceit think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
British Dictionary definitions for hurtful


causing distress or injury: to say hurtful things
Derived Forms
hurtfully, adverb
hurtfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hurtful

"harmful," mid-15c., from hurt (n.) + -ful. Related: Hurtfully; hurtfulness.

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