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harm·ful

 (härm′fəl)
adj.
Causing or capable of causing harm; injurious.

harm′ful·ly adv.
harm′ful·ness n.

harmful

(ˈhɑːmfʊl)
adj
causing or tending to cause harm; injurious
ˈharmfully adv
ˈharmfulness n

harm•ful

(ˈhɑrm fəl)

adj.
causing or capable of causing harm; injurious.
[before 1000]
harm′ful•ly, adv.
harm′ful•ness, n.

harmful

  • catalytic converter - A device with a catalyst for converting pollutant gases into less harmful ones.
  • allergen - Though allergens are not harmful themselves, when they are combined with certain antibodies, a reaction (i.e. the allergy) liberates substances that damage body cells and tissues.
  • intrigant - A person who plots something illicit or harmful.
  • nocuous - Meaning "harmful, noxious," it is based on Latin nocere, "to hurt."

harmful

If something is harmful to someone or harmful for them, it has a bad effect on them.

Too much salt can be harmful to a young baby.
Potassium could be harmful for those with impaired kidneys.

You can also say that something is harmful to a thing.

Excessive amounts may be harmful to the skin.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"
disadvantageous - constituting a disadvantage
malign - 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"
destructive - causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"
noxious - injurious to physical or mental health; "noxious chemical wastes"; "noxious ideas"
offensive - causing anger or annoyance; "offensive remarks"
painful - causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with painful slowness"
toxic - of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison; "suffering from exposure to toxic substances"
unwholesome - detrimental to physical or moral well-being; "unwholesome food"; "unwholesome habits like smoking"
harmless - not causing or capable of causing harm; "harmless bacteria"; "rendered the bomb harmless"

harmful

harmful

adjective
Translations
ضَارّمُضِر، مُؤْذٍ
škodlivý
skadelig
vahingollinen
štetanškodanškodljiv
ártalmas
skaîlegur
有害な
유해한
škodljiv
skadlig
เป็นอันตราย
có hại

harmful

[ˈhɑːmfʊl] ADJ [substance, chemical] → dañino, nocivo; [effects, consequences] → perjudicial, pernicioso; (to reputation) → perjudicial (to para) tobacco is harmful to the healthel tabaco perjudica seriamente la salud
the chemical is not harmful to plantsel producto químico no es nocivo para or no daña las plantas

harmful

[ˈhɑːrmfʊl] adj [substance, bacteria] → nuisible; [effects] → nuisible
harmful chemicals → des produits chimiques nuisibles
to be harmful to sb/sth (physically)nuire à qn/qch

harmful

adjschädlich (to für); remarksverletzend; harmful to one’s healthgesundheitsschädlich

harmful

[ˈhɑːmfʊl] adj harmful (to)dannoso/a (a), nocivo/a (a)

harm

(haːm) noun
damage; injury; distress. I'll make sure you come to no harm; He meant no harm; It'll do you no harm to go.
verb
to cause (a person) harm. There's no need to be frightened – he won't harm you.
ˈharmful adjective
doing harm. Medicines can be harmful if you take too much of them.
ˈharmless adjective
not dangerous or liable to cause harm. Don't be frightened of that snake – it's harmless.
ˈharmlessly adverb
ˈharmlessness noun
out of harm's way
in a safe place. I'll put this glass vase out of harm's way, so that it doesn't get broken.

harmful

ضَارّ škodlivý skadelig schädlich επιβλαβής nocivo vahingollinen nuisible štetan dannoso 有害な 유해한 schadelijk skadelig szkodliwy prejudicial вредный skadlig เป็นอันตราย zararlı có hại 有害的

harmful

a. perjudicial, dañino-a.

harmful

adj nocivo, dañino
References in classic literature ?
He could not be persuaded to do a thing while it could do any good--he was iron, he was adamant in his stubbornness then--but as soon as the thing had reached a point where it would be positively harmful to do it, do it he would, and nothing could stop him.
Her moods seemed to come only when they were harmful to her.
And what if it so happens that a man's advantage, sometimes, not only may, but even must, consist in his desiring in certain cases what is harmful to himself and not advantageous.
The harm is done by the serious, thoughtful, earnest journalists, who solemnly, as they are doing at present, will drag before the eyes of the public some incident in the private life of a great statesman, of a man who is a leader of political thought as he is a creator of political force, and invite the public to discuss the incident, to exercise authority in the matter, to give their views, and not merely to give their views, but to carry them into action, to dictate to the man upon all other points, to dictate to his party, to dictate to his country; in fact, to make themselves ridiculous, offensive, and harmful.
Do not mistrust me, dearest," said her husband, smiling; "its virtuous potency is yet greater than its harmful one.
The illiberality of parents, in allowance towards their children, is an harmful error; makes them base; acquaints them with shifts; makes them sort with mean company; and makes them surfeit more when they come to plenty.
You may read the note before you deliver it, that you may know that it contains nothing harmful to Zat Arras.
The more I consider the subject, the more strongly I am convinced that the most harmful effect of the practice to which the people in certain sections of the South have felt themselves compelled to resort, in order to get rid of the force of the Negroes' ballot, is not wholly in the wrong done to the Negro, but in the permanent injury to the morals of the white man.
I have an adored, a priceless mother, and two or three friends- you among them- and as for the rest I only care about them in so far as they are harmful or useful.
If you led a harmful life for gain, and kept others out of their rights by deceit, to get the more for yourself, I dare say you repent-- you would like to go back, and can't: that must be a bitter thing"-- Caleb paused a moment and shook his head--"it is not for me to make your life harder to you.
There was much that was false and harmful in this outlook, as concerning the laxity the men permitted themselves, but in regard to the women that old-fashioned view
If I did harmful or silly things, I'd thank you for telling me of them, and I'd try to mend my ways," answered Rose heartily.