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Synonyms for hurtful
ˈhɜrt fəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hurtful(adj)

    causing hurt

    "her hurtful unconsidered words"

    deleterious, injurious

    harmless, kind

  2. deleterious, hurtful, injurious(adj)

    harmful to living things

    "deleterious chemical additives"

    deleterious, injurious

    kind, harmless


  1. hurtful(adjective)

    Tending to impair or damage; injurious; mischievous; occasioning loss or injury.

    disadvantageous, mischievous, injurious, baneful, detrimental, prejudicial, harmful, pernicious, destructive, unwholesome, noxious

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. hurtful

    Pernicious (Latin per, through, and neco, kill) signifies having the power of destroying or injuring, tending to hurt or kill. Pernicious is stronger than injurious; that which is injurious is capable of doing harm; that which is pernicious is likely to be destructive. Noxious (Latin noceo, hurt) is a stronger word than noisome, as referring to that which is injurious or destructive. Noisome now always denotes that which is extremely disagreeable or disgusting, especially to the sense of smell; as, the noisome stench proclaimed the presence of noxious gases.

    bad, baneful, deadly, deleterious, destructive, detrimental, evil, foul, harmful, injurious, insalubrious, mischievous, noisome, noxious, pernicious, perverting, pestiferous, pestilential, poisonous, ruinous, unhealthful, unwholesome

    advantageous, beneficent, beneficial, favorable, good, healthful, helpful, invigorating, life-giving, profitable, rejuvenating, salutary, serviceable, useful, wholesome

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. hurtful

    mischievous, injurious, pernicious, baleful, deleterious, baneful, noxious, detrimental, prejudicial

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. hurtful(a.)

    injurious, detrimental, mischievous, pernicious, deleterious, noxious, baneful, prejudicial, disadvantageous, harmful, baleful

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. hurtful(a)


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How to use hurtful in a sentence?

  1. Julie Johnson:

    Bills like this are hurtful. They cause pain. And Julie Johnson can't allow religion to be a cover for discrimination.

  2. John Lewis:

    President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum.

  3. Harry Vincent:

    I did not know that word was such a hurtful word, i do regret that one because I do realize that could have caused harm to some people.

  4. Hamid Khan:

    It's hurtful to think that those who are seeking the highest offices in the land are ignoring the basic tenets of the Constitution and suddenly concluding that Muslims have a predisposition for violence, it feels like we're a punching bag.

  5. Tammy Duckworth:

    Comparing abhorrent wait times to a trip to Disneyland is unbelievably tone-deaf and hurtful to American heroes desperately in need of care.

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