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Definition 1: causing or capable of causing harm - [adjective denoting all]

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

  • too much sun is harmful to the skin
  • harmful effects of smoking

(harmful is similar to ...) (sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury

"damaging to career and reputation" "the reporter's coverage resulted in prejudicial publicity for the defendant"

(harmful is similar to ...) having a tendency to cause harm

(harmful is similar to ...) deliberately causing harm or damage

"mischievous rumors and falsehoods"

(harmful is similar to ...) working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

"glaucoma is an insidious disease" "a subtle poison"

(harmful is similar to ...) resulting in suffering or adversity

"ill effects" "it's an ill wind that blows no good"

(harmful is similar to ...) tending to hinder the achievement of a goal

(harmful is similar to ...) extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin

"a catastrophic depression" "catastrophic illness" "a ruinous course of action"

(harmful is similar to ...) (used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign

(harmful is similar to ...) harmful to living things

"deleterious chemical additives"

(harmful is similar to ...) causing mental or emotional injury

"a bruising experience" "protected from the bruising facts of battle"

(harmful is similar to ...) capable of harming

"bad air" "smoking is bad for you"

(harmful is similar to ...) characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment

"abusive punishment" "argued...that foster homes are abusive"

(harmful is similar to ...) causing physical or especially psychological injury

"a stabbing remark" "wounding and false charges of disloyalty"

(means also ...) causing anger or annoyance

"offensive remarks"

(means also ...) causing physical or psychological pain

"worked with painful slowness"

(means also ...) of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison

"suffering from exposure to toxic substances"

(means also ...) injurious to physical or mental health

"noxious chemical wastes" "noxious ideas"

(means also ...) involving or creating circumstances detrimental to success or effectiveness

"a disadvantageous outcome" "a well-known study from the 1970's showed that gender stereotyping placed women in a disadvantageous position" "made an unfavorable impression"

(means also ...) causing destruction or much damage

"a policy that is destructive to the economy" "destructive criticism"

(means also ...) evil or harmful in nature or influence

"prompted by malign motives" "believed in witches and malign spirits" "gave him a malign look" "a malign lesion"

(means also ...) detrimental to physical or moral well-being

"unwholesome food" "unwholesome habits like smoking"

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