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damaging (adj.)

"causing hurt or loss to person, character, or estate," 1849, present-participle adjective from damage (v.). Related: Damagingly (1849). Earlier in the same sense were damageous (late 14c.), damageful (mid-15c.), both now obsolete.

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Definitions of damaging

damaging (adj.)
(sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury;
damaging to career and reputation
Synonyms: detrimental / prejudicial / prejudicious
damaging (adj.)
designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions;
Synonyms: negative
From wordnet.princeton.edu