See also: Harm

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English harm, herm, from Old English hearm, from Proto-West Germanic *harm, from Proto-Germanic *harmaz (harm; shame; pain).

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NounEdit

harm (countable and uncountable, plural harms)

  1. physical injury; hurt; damage
    No harm came to my possessions.
    You can do a lot of harm to someone if you kick them in the balls. Especially if they get revenge and bring out a bazooka and blast your head off.
  2. emotional or figurative hurt
    Although not physically injured in the car accident, she received some psychological harm.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XIII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
      And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them. Soft heartedness caused more harm than good.
  3. detriment; misfortune.
    I wish him no harm.
  4. That which causes injury, damage, or loss.

Usage notesEdit

  • Adjectives often applied to "harm": bodily, physical, environmental, emotional, financial, serious, irreparable, potential, long-term, short-term, permanent, lasting, material, substantial.

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VerbEdit

harm (third-person singular simple present harms, present participle harming, simple past and past participle harmed)

  1. To cause injury to another; to hurt; to cause damage to something.
    • 2020 December 16, Yan Ming, “Awakening Moral Conscience”, in Minghui[1]:
      Will justice and conscience of society not be harmed if people avoid the truth?

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IcelandicEdit

NounEdit

harm

  1. indefinite accusative singular of harmur

IrishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

harm

  1. h-prothesized form of arm

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English hearm, from Proto-West Germanic *harm.

NounEdit

harm (plural harms)

  1. harm, injury, ruination

DescendantsEdit

  • English: harm
  • Scots: herm, hairm
  • Yola: harrm

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Old NorseEdit

NounEdit

harm

  1. accusative singular of harmr

Old SaxonEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *harmaz.

NounEdit

harm m

  1. harm

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SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Swedish harmber, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *harmaz. Cognate with English harm.

NounEdit

harm c

  1. angry indignation (at something considered unjust)
  2. (archaic) (physical or emotional) harm

DeclensionEdit

Declension of harm 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative harm harmen
Genitive harms harmens

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