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[in-joo r-ee-uh s] /ɪnˈdʒʊər i əs/
harmful, hurtful, or detrimental, as in effect:
injurious eating habits.
doing or involving injury or wrong, as to another:
injurious behavior.
insulting; abusive; defamatory; offensive:
an injurious statement.
Origin of injurious
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin injūrius or injūriōsus. See injury, -ous
Related forms
injuriously, adverb
injuriousness, noun
noninjurious, adjective
noninjuriously, adverb
noninjuriousness, noun
preinjurious, adjective
quasi-injurious, adjective
quasi-injuriously, adverb
self-injurious, adjective
uninjurious, adjective
uninjuriously, adverb
uninjuriousness, noun
1. damaging, deleterious, pernicious; baneful, destructive, ruinous. 2. unjust, wrongful, prejudicial, inequitable. 3. derogatory, slanderous, libelous.
1. beneficial. 3. complimentary. Unabridged
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  • I hardly know to which such phase of character may be most injurious.

    Hunting Sketches Anthony Trollope
  • It says that all this talking and agitation are injurious to you,—that you must be left alone.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • This excitement must be most injurious to one in your weak state; I cannot sit and listen to it.

    Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I knew all this talking was injurious, and I am much to blame for having permitted it.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • On a somewhat crucial occasion he quietly said: 'I once asked Mr. Disraeli whether newspaper abuse was injurious to a public man.

    The Earl of Mayo William Wilson Hunter
  • The pernicious habit I protest against as most injurious and degrading.

  • And yet all that Seneca's daring could venture was to seduce the baby-tyrant into the least injurious of tyrannies.

    If, Yes and Perhaps Edward Everett Hale
  • Our powers are injurious to us so long as we do not know how to use them.

    The Choice of Life Georgette Leblanc
British Dictionary definitions for injurious


causing damage or harm; deleterious; hurtful
abusive, slanderous, or libellous
Derived Forms
injuriously, adverb
injuriousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for injurious

early 15c., "abusive," from Middle French injurios (14c., Modern French injurieux) and directly from Latin injuriosus "unlawful, wrongful, harmful, noxious," from injuria (see injury). Related: Injuriously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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