Definition of injurious in English:



  • 1Causing or likely to cause damage or harm.

    ‘high temperature is injurious to mangoes’
    • ‘Such chemicals are highly toxic and injurious to humans, says Cuts, a safety watch group, in its new publication ‘Is It Really Safe?’’
    • ‘Smoking is injurious to health but passive smoking can be more harmful.’
    • ‘Bonding social capital within specific communities is seen as injurious to development as a whole, and therefore needs to be discouraged.’
    • ‘For instance, they demanded that employers had to insure them work, that they would not do anything injurious to the workers and finally, that employers would permit workers their right to enter a guild.’
    • ‘Nothing is more injurious to some people's careers than early fame, and while I would have been happy to take it, I never had to worry about what corrosive effect early fame was having on my work.’
    • ‘The development would be seriously injurious to the character of the adjoining village and the visual amenities of the area generally.’
    • ‘In spite of sufficient knowledge that tobacco consumption is injurious to health, the paradox is that tobacco intake is promoted by one section of society even as another section fights to curtail its consumption.’
    • ‘They lie to conceal actions taken to achieve covert policies injurious to the general good of the public.’
    • ‘For a publication to be objectionable, it must deal with matters such as sex, horror, crime, cruelty, or violence in such a manner that the availability of a publication is likely to be injurious to the public good.’
    • ‘Once we began to study it, we found it was so injurious to your health that it was shocking.’
    • ‘A publication may be age restricted if it is likely to be injurious to the public good.’
    • ‘There must be recognition that these chemicals were injurious to health.’
    • ‘Thomas Jefferson had one answer to this question, that the authority of government extends only to those actions that are injurious to others or deprive them of their equal rights.’
    • ‘He said that although this amount represented only a small portion of the total bribes, he was warned by some veteran officials that his practice may be injurious to his relations with fellow officials.’
    • ‘This is damaging to all women but particularly injurious to the Lesbian community.’
    • ‘It has been shown that repetitive alveolar collapse and reopening can be injurious to the lung.’
    • ‘I ask that we do something about it because I think it's thoroughly injurious to what we are genuinely about - which is equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘These devices are substantially attracted to the static magnetic field of magnetic resonance systems and, therefore, may be uncomfortable or injurious to a patient undergoing an MRI procedure.’
    • ‘For this reason, surgeries in which there is less scarring because the incisions are ‘hidden’ on the areola are usually more injurious to lactation than those in which there is extensive scarring.’
    • ‘A number of weapons have been expressly forbidden for any use in warfare on the grounds that they are deemed to be excessively injurious to the immediate victims or have potentially harmful effects for others.’
    harmful, damaging, deleterious, detrimental, hurtful, dangerous
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    1. 1.1 (of language) maliciously insulting; libelous.
      • ‘The title of the cause of actions in the 2004 claim has been changed to injurious falsehood and inducing breach of contract.’
      • ‘Common law provides a remedy for injurious falsehoods, actions that are sometimes known as business disparagement lawsuits.’
      • ‘Putting it another way, in such circumstances the defamer cannot be said to be ‘telling deliberate and injurious falsehoods’.’
      • ‘The alleged torts of injurious falsehood, unlawful interference with economic relations, and negligence would have been committed in New York and the law of New York would apply to those causes of action.’
      • ‘He subsequently commenced an action against the defendant alleging injurious falsehood and intentional interference with economic relations.’
      • ‘The same applies to trade libels, injurious falsehood and similar claims.’
      • ‘He claimed that the letters from the defendants were defamatory, malicious and injurious as they were calculated to damage the name, political standing and reputation.’
      libellous, slanderous, defaming, calumnious, calumniatory, vilifying, traducing, scandalous, scandalmongering, malicious, vicious, backbiting, muckraking, abusive, maledictory, maledictive
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Late Middle English: from French injurieux or Latin injuriosus, from injuria ‘a wrong’ (see injury).