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To have a bad effect, or to reduce a good effect - thesaurus

Synonyms

damage

verb

to have a negative effect on someone or something

spoil

verb

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

harm

verb

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

contaminate

verb

to affect something or someone in a negative way

bite

verb

to have an unpleasant effect

offset

verb

to balance the effect of something, with the result that there is no advantage or disadvantage

cancel out

to stop something from having any effect

overshadow

verb

to be a negative feature or influence that spoils 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

nullify

verb

to make something lose its value or effect

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ail

verb

formal to have a bad or harmful effect on someone or something

break the spell

to spoil or end something very special

breed

verb

to make negative feelings or situations develop

clobber

verb

informal to badly affect someone or something, especially in a way that involves losing money

cloud

verb

to spoil an activity, event, or situation

coarsen

verb

to make someone or something less polite or less sensitive

cost

verb

to cause someone to lose something good or valuable

dehumanise

a British spelling of dehumanize

dehumanize

verb

to make people seem less real or important than normal people

dent

verb

to have a bad effect on something

doom

verb

to make someone or something certain to fail, be destroyed, be extremely unhappy etc

do someone/something a disservice/do a disservice to someone/something

to do something that makes people’s opinion of someone or something not as good as it should be

drive

verb

to force someone into a bad situation or state

gild the lily

used for saying that someone has spoiled a good thing by trying to improve it

hit

verb

to have a bad effect on someone or something

hurt

verb

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

impair

verb

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

leave your/a mark (on)

to have a very strong and noticeable effect on someone or something, usually a bad one that lasts for a long time

loose on

formal or literary to suddenly let something bad or unpleasant have its full effect on someone or something in an uncontrolled way

muck up

to spoil something or prevent it from being successful

negate

verb

formal to make something have no effect

neutralise

a British spelling of neutralize

neutralize

verb

to stop something from having any effect

overegg the pudding

to spoil something by doing or adding more than is needed

poison

verb

to have a bad influence on something

put out

to affect numbers or calculations in a way that makes them incorrect

screw up

very informal to make a serious mistake, or to spoil something, especially a situation

skew

verb

to affect facts or information so that they are not accurate

strike at

to be likely to seriously damage or destroy something important

take away from

to reduce the positive effect or success of something

take its toll

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

take the shine off something

to spoil something, or to make it less enjoyable

tell against

if a quality or feature tells against someone, it makes them less likely to succeed in achieving something

upset the applecart

to spoil someone’s plan or arrangement

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gaslight

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

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Dunning-Kruger effect

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

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