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To damage or spoil something - thesaurus

Synonyms

damage

verb

to harm something physically so that it is broken, spoiled, or injured

spoil

verb

to affect something in a way that makes it worse, less attractive, or less enjoyable

mark

verb

to make a mark on the surface of something so that its appearance is spoiled or damaged

harm

verb

to injure, damage, or have a bad effect on someone or something

stain

verb

to leave a mark on something accidentally

mar

verb

to spoil something

disfigure

verb

to spoil the appearance of someone or something

hurt

verb

to cause damage or problems, or to harm someone’s chance to succeed at something

injure

verb

formal to cause harm to someone or something

take its toll

to harm or damage someone or something, especially in a gradual way

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abrade

verb

formal to damage something by rubbing its surface too hard

adulterate

verb

to make a substance less pure by adding something else to it

affect

verb

to cause physical damage to something

attack

verb

to cause damage or disease in something

bang up

American to damage something such as a vehicle

be hard on something

to cause damage to something

blemish

verb

to spoil the appearance of something

blight

verb

to cause serious damage or harm to something

blister

verb

if your skin or a surface blisters, or if something blisters it, a blister forms on it

bruise

verb

to damage a piece of fruit and cause a soft brown area to appear on its surface

bruise

verb

if fruit bruises easily, it can easily become damaged

churn up

to damage the surface of the ground by walking or driving over it and making it rough

corrode

verb

formal to make something weak by causing gradual damage

corrupt

verb

to damage or spoil something

crack

verb

to damage something so that a line or long narrow hole appears on its surface, but it does not break into pieces

crash

verb

to hit something hard, making a loud noise and often causing damage

deface

verb

to deliberately damage something valuable by writing on it or breaking it

defile

verb

formal to spoil something important, pure, or holy

desecrate

verb

to deliberately spoil something special or holy

despoil

verb

literary to take all the valuable or beautiful objects from a place

ding

verb

American to make a small dent on the surface of something, especially a car

dislocate

verb

to cause changes that spoil the way that something usually works or happens

do a job on

to hurt someone, or to damage something

gash

verb

to make a long deep cut in something, usually accidentally

impair

verb

formal to make something less good or effective, especially by causing damage that affects the way something works

impoverish

verb

to reduce the quality of something

knacker

verb

Britishvery informal to hurt, damage, or destroy something

ladder

verb

British to accidentally damage your stockings or tights, so that a long thin hole appears in them

louse up

to spoil something

mess up

to damage or spoil something

muck about

to damage or spoil something

muck up

to spoil something or prevent it from being successful

overexpose

verb

to damage a photograph by allowing too much light to enter the camera

overload

verb

physics to damage an electrical system or a piece of electrical equipment by putting too much electricity through it

plough up

to damage the surface of the ground by walking or driving over it too much

pollute

verb

to spoil the good character of someone or something

prejudice

verb

formal to harm or damage someone or something

rub

verb

British to hurt or damage something by continuously pressing and moving against it

ruin

verb

to spoil something

rust

verb

to become damaged by rust, or to make metal develop rust

sabotage

verb

to deliberately damage or destroy the property of an enemy or opponent

scar

verb

to leave permanent marks on something, especially as a result of damage

scorch

verb

if heat or a substance put on a plant scorches it, or if the plant scorches, it becomes dry and dies

scrape

verb

to injure a part of your body or damage something by rubbing it against a rough surface

scratch

verb

to damage a surface by marking it with something sharp or rough

scuff

verb

to make marks on the surface of something by rubbing it against something rough

smash

verb

to hit something against an object or surface with a lot of force, causing injury or damage

smash

verb

to hit against an object or surface with a lot of force, causing injury or damage

smash down

to make something fall down and break into pieces by hitting it very hard

smash in

to cause a lot of damage to something by hitting it with a lot of force

smash into

to hit something very hard while moving fast, causing injury or damage

smash into

to make something such as a vehicle hit an object or surface very hard while moving very fast, causing injury or damage

snag

verb

to damage something, especially clothing, with something rough or sharp

snarl

verb

to become caught or twisted in something, or to make something do this

squash

verb

to damage something by pressing or crushing it and making it lose its normal shape

sully

verb

very formal to damage or spoil something

taint

verb

to give something an unpleasant quality that spoils it and often makes people not want it, or not want to be involved with it

tamper with

to touch something that you should not touch, and to change it in some way, often because you want to spoil it

trample

verb

to put your feet down on someone or something in a heavy way that causes injury or damage

warp

verb

to become bent or curved, usually because of damage by heat or water, or to make something do this

weaken

verb

to make a structure more likely to break, or to become more likely to break

wear

verb

if you wear a hole or mark in something, you form a hole or mark in it by using it or rubbing it a lot

wear out

to make a hole or mark in something by using or rubbing it a lot

weather

verb

if something weathers or is weathered, its appearance changes because of the effects of wind, rain etc

wither

verb

to make a plant or flower become drier and start to die

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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