- to do physical harm or damage to; hurt
- to offend (one's feelings, pride, etc.); wound
- to weaken or otherwise cause a loss in value to (a business, reputation, etc.)
- to be unjust to; wrong
Origin of injurealtered ; from earlier injury, to harm ; from Late Middle English injurien ; from Middle French injurier ; from Classical Latin injuriari ; from injuria: see injury
transitive verbin·jured, in·jur·ing, in·jures
- a. To cause physical harm to; hurt: The accident injured the passengers. The fall injured his knee.b. To experience injury in (oneself or a body part): She injured her ankle climbing down the hill.
- a. To cause damage to; impair: The gossip injured his reputation.b. To commit an injustice or offense against; wrong: people who were injured by the false accusations.
- To cause distress to; wound: injured their feelings.
Origin of injureMiddle English injuren, to wrong, dishonor, from Old French injurier, from Latin ini&umacron;riar&imacron;, from ini&umacron;ria, a wrong; see injury.
(third-person singular simple present injures, present participle injuring, simple past and past participle injured)