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[in-juh-ree] /ˈɪn dʒə ri/
noun, plural injuries.
harm or damage that is done or sustained:
to escape without injury.
a particular form or instance of harm:
an injury to one's shoulder; an injury to one's pride.
wrong or injustice done or suffered.
Law. any wrong or violation of the rights, property, reputation, etc., of another for which legal action to recover damages may be made.
Obsolete. injurious speech; calumny.
Origin of injury
1350-1400; Middle English injurie < Latin injūria unlawful conduct, injustice, equivalent to in- in-3 + jūr-, stem of jūs right, law (see jus, just1) + -ia -ia
Related forms
noninjury, noun, plural noninjuries.
reinjury, noun, plural reinjuries.
self-injury, noun, plural self-injuries.
1. destruction, ruin, impairment, mischief. 1–3. Injury, hurt, wound refer to impairments or wrongs. Injury, originally denoting a wrong done or suffered, is hence used for any kind of evil, impairment, or loss, caused or sustained: physical injury; injury to one's reputation. Hurt suggests especially physical injury, often bodily injury attended with pain: a bad hurt from a fall. A wound is usually a physical hurt caused by cutting, shooting, etc., or an emotional hurt: a serious wound in the shoulder; to inflict a wound by betraying someone's trust.
1. benefit. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for injury
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  • But there has been no mistake,—and there shall be no injury.

    The Belton Estate Anthony Trollope
  • Who among you ever received an injury from that kind old man?

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • If the injury be extensive, the best thing the farmer can do is to slaughter the animal.

    A Treatise on Sheep: Ambrose Blacklock
  • I am sure the injury you speak of could not have happened when he was in charge.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The injury that his mind had sustained now assumed an aspect that was serious indeed.

    The Legacy of Cain Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for injury


noun (pl) -ries
physical damage or hurt
a specific instance of this: a leg injury
harm done to a reputation
(law) a violation or infringement of another person's rights that causes him harm and is actionable at law
an obsolete word for insult
Word Origin
C14: from Latin injūria injustice, wrong, from injūriōsus acting unfairly, wrongful, from in-1 + jūs right
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Word Origin and History for injury

late 14c., "harm, damage, loss; a specific injury," from Anglo-French injurie "wrongful action," from Latin injuria "wrong, hurt, injustice, insult," noun use of fem. of injurius "wrongful, unjust," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + ius (genitive iuris) "right, law" (see jurist).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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injury in Medicine

injury in·ju·ry (ĭn'jə-rē)

  1. Damage, harm, or loss, as from trauma.

  2. A particular form of hurt, damage, or loss.

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Idioms and Phrases with injury


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