injure

Injure means to hurt, physically or mentally. Lose a bet and you might injure or bruise your pride, but lose your footing and you could injure your body instead.

When a player in a sport is injured, they leave the field to be examined by a trainer or a physician, to see how severe their injury really is. If you slip and fall on the ice, your mom might say, "Are you injured?" She doesn't mean a bruise–––she's talking about a broken bone or a sprained ankle. You can also injure or wound someone else. Insult your mother's cooking or tackle your little brother too roughly to the ground and you'll injure them, either emotionally or physically.

Definitions of injure
  1. verb
    cause injuries or bodily harm to
    synonyms: wound
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    trample
    injure by trampling or as if by trampling
    concuss
    injure the brain; sustain a concussion
    calk
    injure with a calk
    excruciate, torment, torture
    subject to torture
    overstretch, pull
    strain abnormally
    shock, traumatise, traumatize
    inflict a trauma upon
    maim
    injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation
    rick, sprain, turn, twist, wrench, wrick
    twist suddenly so as to sprain
    subluxate
    sprain or dislocate slightly
    disable, handicap, incapacitate, invalid
    injure permanently
    harm
    cause or do harm to
    run down, run over
    injure or kill by running over, as with a vehicle
    break, fracture
    fracture a bone of
    hit, pip, shoot
    hit with a missile from a weapon
    knife, stab
    use a knife on
    scrape, skin
    bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of
    bruise, contuse
    injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of
    graze
    break the skin (of a body part) by scraping
    mace
    spray with a liquid that irritates the eyes and temporarily disables a person
    rack
    torture on the rack
    martyr, martyrise, martyrize
    torture and torment like a martyr
    sicken
    make sick or ill
    mar, mutilate
    destroy or injure severely
    cripple, lame
    deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg
    hock
    disable by cutting the hock
    gun down
    strike down or shoot down
    grass
    shoot down, of birds
    kneecap
    shoot in the kneecap, often done by terrorist groups as a warning
    poniard
    stab with a poniard
    bayonet
    stab or kill someone with a bayonet
    crush, jam
    crush or bruise
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    hurt
    give trouble or pain to
  2. verb
    cause damage or affect negatively
    synonyms: blight, hurt
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    damage
    inflict damage upon
  3. verb
    hurt the feelings of
    synonyms: bruise, hurt, offend, spite, wound
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    affront, diss, insult
    treat, mention, or speak to rudely
    lacerate
    deeply hurt the feelings of; distress
    sting
    cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging
    abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    crush, demolish, smash
    humiliate or depress completely
    degrade, demean, disgrace, put down, take down
    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
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    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
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