damaging - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    causing physical harm to something so that it is broken, spoiled, or injured

    Increased emissions almost certainly have a damaging effect on the environment.

    damaging to:

    Smoking is damaging to your health.

  2. 2
    having a negative effect on someone or something

    Hurst resigned after a series of damaging allegations concerning his personal life.

    damaging for:

    The new tax laws could be very damaging for small businesses.

    damaging to:

    These revelations are potentially damaging to the Labour Party.