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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: injury

injure

verb
     
in‧jure [transitive]
1 to hurt yourself or someone else, for example in an accident or an attack [↪ wound]:
Angus injured his leg playing rugby.
be badly/seriously/critically injured
Two people have been critically injured in an accident.
2

injure somebody's pride/feelings etc

to say unfair or unpleasant things that hurt someone's pride, feelings etc! injure, wound, hurt, or damagesee usage note damage2
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damage, hurt, injure, wound
Damage means to cause physical harm to a thing or to a part of your body Fires can damage crops and animals. He damaged a knee ligament playing rugby.You do not usually talk about damaging a person. Use hurt, injure, or wound instead He was hurt in a climbing accident (NOT He was damaged in a climbing accident). However, you can talk about damaging an unborn child German measles in pregnancy can damage your baby.Use hurt or injure to talk about people suffering physical harm as a result of an accident, earthquake, hurricane etc No one was hurt in the car crash. We hoped he wasn't seriously injured.!! Do not say 'injure someone's health'. Say ' damage someone's health '.Use wound to talk about someone being hurt by a weapon such as a gun or a knife He shot dead three people and wounded several others. a wounded soldierSee also damage

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