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Definition 1: the act of damaging something or someone - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for harm in the sense of this definition

(harm is a kind of ...) the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something

(... is a kind of harm ) damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality

(... is a kind of harm ) the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something

"the defacement of an Italian mosaic during the Turkish invasion" "he objected to the dam's massive disfigurement of the landscape"

(... is a kind of harm ) the act of inflicting a wound

(... is a kind of harm ) damage inflicted by fire

(... is a kind of harm ) an act that despoils the innocence or beauty of something

Definition 2: the occurrence of a change for the worse - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for harm in the sense of this definition

(harm is a kind of ...) an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

"the change was intended to increase sales" "this storm is certainly a change for the worse" "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

(... is a kind of harm ) a damage or loss

(... is a kind of harm ) a change for the worse

(... is a kind of harm ) a row of unravelled stitches

"she got a run in her stocking"

Definition 3: any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc. - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for harm in the sense of this definition

(harm is a kind of ...) a state in which you are unable to function normally and without pain

(... is a kind of harm ) entry of foreign matter into a blood vessel

(... is a kind of harm ) injury incurred when an object (as a knife or bullet or shrapnel) penetrates into the body

(... is a kind of harm ) an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed

(... is a kind of harm ) state of being torn or burst open

(... is a kind of harm ) a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin

(... is a kind of harm ) injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain

(... is a kind of harm ) an injury to the neck (the cervical vertebrae) resulting from rapid acceleration or deceleration (as in an automobile accident)

(... is a kind of harm ) a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions

(... is a kind of harm ) an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)

(... is a kind of harm ) destruction of tissue by freezing and characterized by tingling, blistering and possibly gangrene

(... is a kind of harm ) breaking of hard tissue such as bone

"it was a nasty fracture" "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"

(... is a kind of harm ) trauma caused by the passage of electric current through the body (as from contact with high voltage lines or being struck by lightning); usually involves burns and abnormal heart rhythm and unconsciousness

(... is a kind of harm ) injury to the brain that impairs its functions (especially permanently); can be caused by trauma to the head, infection, hemorrhage, inadequate oxygen, genetic abnormality, etc.

(... is a kind of harm ) physical injury to an infant during the birth process

(... is a kind of harm ) injury caused the explosion of a bomb (especially in enclosed spaces)

(... is a kind of harm ) the flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessel

(... is a kind of harm ) injury incurred when the human body hits or is hit by a large outside object (as a car)

(... is a kind of harm ) an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration

(... is a kind of harm ) a lump on the body caused by a blow

(... is a kind of harm ) an injury caused by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation

(... is a kind of harm ) a displacement of a part (especially a bone) from its normal position (as in the shoulder or the vertebral column)

(... is a kind of harm ) a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments

"the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell" "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"

Definition 4: cause or do harm to - [verb of body]

Samples where harm or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • These pills won't harm your system

(harm is a kind of ...) cause injuries or bodily harm to

(... is a kind of harm ) make sick or ill

"This kind of food sickens me"

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