Definition of injury in English:



  • 1An instance of being injured.

    ‘she suffered an injury to her back’
    [as modifier] ‘an ankle injury’
    • ‘The hurt or injury need not be serious or permanent but must be more than trifling or transient.’
    • ‘It is feared the man will not walk again because of the severe spinal injuries he suffered.’
    • ‘I take no responsibility for any death or injuries as a result of trying this at home.’
    • ‘Moreover, that failure was the very breach of duty which the plaintiff alleges caused her injury.’
    • ‘He suffered leg and back injuries as he fell to the ground when the vehicle crashed into a hedge.’
    • ‘There were no reports of damage or injuries, and the earthquake did not trigger a tsunami.’
    • ‘They both walked out of the hospital with minor injuries hours after the shooting.’
    • ‘So shocking is this injury, in fact, that there are fears over the player's career.’
    • ‘She says she is still shaken up and suffered injuries to the face, neck and shoulders.’
    • ‘My injury was the result of a gentle run through University Parks yesterday afternoon.’
    • ‘The driver stopped the vehicle and had to receive hospital treatment for his injuries.’
    • ‘Carey has had a recurrence of an ankle injury which has severely limited his training.’
    • ‘Andrew was given 10 stitches, and was left with severe headaches as a result of the injury.’
    • ‘On Wednesday of this week he underwent surgery as a result of injuries sustained at the club.’
    • ‘There are no reports of such an injury resulting in any damage to a pregnant woman.’
    • ‘Successive goals in his first two appearances for the club were followed by an injury in his third start.’
    • ‘He suffered injuries to his head and face and is now scared of returning to the scene.’
    • ‘I also had suspected brain damage and a spine injury, so I had lots of different scans.’
    • ‘The driver of the skip lorry was taken to Hope Hospital with minor leg injuries.’
    • ‘Ashford Hospital is able to treat minor injuries resulting from mishaps such as yours.’
    wound, bruise, cut, gash, tear, rent, slash, gouge, scratch, graze, laceration, abrasion, contusion, lesion, sore
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    1. 1.1The fact of being injured; harm or damage.
      ‘all escaped without serious injury’
      • ‘In the one case the damage is physical injury, in the other it is financial loss.’
      • ‘The risk was that he might not execute his dive properly and so sustain injury.’
      • ‘In both instances the callous bystander can foresee serious injury if he does nothing.’
      • ‘It is not necessary however, to prove that the defenders' negligence was the only cause of injury.’
      • ‘It is too simple to say that the mischief of this section is to deter the carrying of items that could cause injury.’
      • ‘What the nurse does is nurse a bodily injury or take care of the consequences of bodily injury.’
      • ‘On top of the obvious dangers of injury or death during combat, they tend to live harsh lives.’
      • ‘This treats psychiatric injury as damage of the same type or kind as physical injury.’
      • ‘The driver escaped serious injury although the car was badly damaged in the impact.’
      • ‘It is now eighteen months from injury and her symptoms have not really settled.’
      • ‘The occupants escaped without serious injury after being woken by the alarm.’
      • ‘In each case there was evidence consistent with recently inflicted deliberate injury.’
      • ‘She says that as there was no injury and that the complainant behaved normally she did not record the incident.’
      • ‘The other officer only escaped serious injury because she was wearing a protective body vest.’
      • ‘The directions given in this case were an appreciable risk of bodily injury or death.’
      • ‘In many cases, proving that injury has been caused by the defendant is very difficult.’
      • ‘It cannot mean anything less than that can it, a duty not to expose somebody to a risk of injury?’
      • ‘More than minor injury is caused by kicking, headbutting or similar forms of assault.’
      • ‘In my view the danger and risk of injury from diving in the lake where it was shallow were obvious.’
      • ‘Where injury in fact results, as in this case, the position can be more shortly stated.’
      harm, hurt, wounding, damage, pain, suffering, impairment, affliction, disablement, incapacity, disability
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    2. 1.2Offense to.
      ‘the possible injury to the feelings of others’
      offence, abuse
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  • do oneself an injury

    • informal Suffer physical harm or damage.

      • ‘Quite how she manages to play in them without doing herself an injury is the source of some debate but she does.’
      • ‘In truth, you could straddle both opinions without doing yourself an injury.’
      • ‘The trouble is, if you walk with your head in the air, admiring their fine facades, chances are you will do yourself an injury, due to the terrible state of the pavements in our proud town.’
      • ‘Non-slip tiles on the floor will save you sliding about and doing yourself an injury.’
      • ‘It is entertaining to watch but it genuinely appears as if he may do himself an injury - especially with his fellow band members spilling drinks on floor.’
      • ‘You must speak to her Logan, she'll do herself an injury if were not careful.’
      • ‘But I managed to get off stage without doing myself an injury.’
      • ‘‘I wanted to show them it was too small,’ he says, laughing and tapping his thighs so hard, it is a wonder he does not do himself an injury.’
      • ‘Can you sue their parents if these menaces make you fall over and do yourself an injury?’
      • ‘He almost did himself an injury, scrambling over barriers and spectators to embrace his daughter in a bear-hug that nearly squeezed the life out of her.’


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French injurie, from Latin injuria a wrong from in- (expressing negation) + jus, jur- right.