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hurtful

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When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.
Albert Camus
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Adjective

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hurtful

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  1. Tending to impair or damage; injurious; mischievous; occasioning loss or injury; causing pain or suffering.

Quotations

  • 1649: John Milton, Eikonoklastes
    A good principle not rightly understood may prove as hurtful as a bad.
  • 1890: George Henry Rohé, Text-book of hygiene
    Well-cultivated soils are often healthy; nor at present has it been proved that the use of manure is hurtful.

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References

  • "hurtful" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

hurtful” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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