harm

Definitions

General English

  • noun damage done to people or animals
  • verb to physically affect something or someone in a bad way

Medical

Military

  • noun
    (written as HARM)
    an American-designed air-to-ground anti-radar missile (ARM).
  • verb to cause injury or damage to someone or something
  • acronym forhigh-speed anti-radiation missile
    (written as HARM)

Origin & History of “harm”

The ideas of ‘physical damage’ and ‘grief’ are intimately associated in the word harm: indeed, until the early 17th century it had both meanings, and its relatives, German and Swedish harm, mean exclusively ‘grief’. It appears to be related to Russian sram ‘shame, scandal’, but its ultimate ancestry is not known.
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