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v. hurt, hurt·ing, hurts
a. To cause physical damage or pain to (an individual or a body part); injure: The fall hurt his back.
b. To experience injury or pain to or in (an individual or a body part): I hurt my knee skiing.
2. To cause mental or emotional suffering to; distress: The remark hurt his feelings.
3. To cause physical damage to (something); harm: The frost hurt the orange crop.
4. To be detrimental to; hinder or impair: The scandal hurt the candidate's chances for victory.
1. To have or produce a feeling of physical pain or discomfort: My leg hurts.
a. To cause distress or damage: Parental neglect hurts.
b. To have an adverse effect: "It never hurt to have a friend at court" (Tom Clancy).
3. Informal To experience distress, especially of a financial kind; be in need: "Even in a business that's hurting there's always a guy who can make a buck" (New York).
1. Something that hurts; a pain, injury, or wound.
2. Mental suffering; anguish: getting over the hurt of reading the letter.
3. A wrong; harm: What hurt have you done to them?

[Middle English hurten, possibly from Old French hurter, to bang into, perhaps of Germanic origin.]

hurt′er n.
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Noun1.hurting - a symptom of some physical hurt or disorderhurting - a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder; "the patient developed severe pain and distension"
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
ache, aching - a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain
excruciation, suffering, agony - a state of acute pain
arthralgia - pain in a joint or joints
burn, burning - pain that feels hot as if it were on fire
causalgia - a burning pain in a limb along the course of a peripheral nerve; usually associated with skin changes
colic, gripes, griping, intestinal colic - acute abdominal pain (especially in infants)
chest pain - pain in the chest
chiralgia - a pain in the hand that is not traumatic
distress - extreme physical pain; "the patient appeared to be in distress"
dysmenorrhea - painful menstruation
glossalgia, glossodynia - pain in the tongue
growing pains - pain in muscles or joints sometimes experienced by children and often attributed to rapid growth
haemorrhoid, hemorrhoid, piles - pain caused by venous swelling at or inside the anal sphincter
keratalgia - pain in the cornea
labor pain - pain and discomfort associated with contractions of the uterus during labor
mastalgia - pain in the breast
melagra - rheumatic or myalgic pains in the arms or legs
meralgia - pain in the thigh
metralgia - pain in the uterus
myalgia, myodynia - pain in a muscle or group of muscles
nephralgia - pain in the kidney (usually felt in the loins)
neuralgia, neuralgy - acute spasmodic pain along the course of one or more nerves
odynophagia - severe pain on swallowing due to a disorder of the esophagus
orchidalgia - pain in the testes
pang - a sharp spasm of pain
pang, sting - a mental pain or distress; "a pang of conscience"
photalgia, photophobia - pain in the eye resulting from exposure to bright light (often associated with albinism)
costalgia, pleuralgia, pleurodynia - pain in the chest caused by inflammation of the muscles between the ribs
podalgia - foot pain
proctalgia - pain in the rectum
referred pain - pain that is felt at a place in the body different from the injured or diseased part where the pain would be expected; "angina pectoris can cause referred pain in the left shoulder"; "pain in the right shoulder can be referred pain from gallbladder disease"
renal colic - sharp pain in the lower back that radiates into the groin; associated with the passage of a renal calculus through the ureter
smart, smarting, smartness - a kind of pain such as that caused by a wound or a burn or a sore
sting, stinging - a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung; "the sting of death"; "he felt the stinging of nettles"
stitch - a sharp spasm of pain in the side resulting from running
soreness, tenderness, rawness - a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched); "the best results are generally obtained by inserting the needle into the point of maximum tenderness"; "after taking a cold, rawness of the larynx and trachea come on"
thermalgesia - pain caused by heat
throb - a deep pulsating type of pain
torment, torture - unbearable physical pain
ulalgia - pain in the gums
urodynia - pain during urination
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References in classic literature ?
"The thought that it may stop hurting sometimes hurts me worse than all else, Marilla."
"Is that all you have to say to me after hurting my arm?
'Hurting women and children is what we've come down to?
How can I stop this and just settle or at least stop hurting others?
"Not for Hurting" is a sensitive children's book about war.
Avoid hurting the feelings of political hacks of color, professor and student-advocates of multiculti-ideology, and established-order cartoonists with thin skin?
We are hurting. Fans are hurting, players and the manager are hurting.
Yesterday's back page headline: PLAYERS SHARE THE PAIN, says MOWBRAY THEY are not hurting enough in my opinion.
Every time I turn on a newscast or pick up my morning paper, I learn of more heartache caused by hurting people who so selfishly hurt others.
Two-thirds of "prominent members of the national news media" believe the Internet is hurting journalism more than it is helping, according to a poll conducted by The Atlantic and National Journal, which surveyed 43 media insiders.