1. harmful, hurtful, or detrimental, as in effect: injurious eating habits.
  2. doing or involving injury or wrong, as to another: injurious behavior.
  3. insulting; abusive; defamatory; offensive: an injurious statement.


  1. causing damage or harm; deleterious; hurtful
  2. abusive, slanderous, or libellous

early 15c., “abusive,” from Middle French injurios (14c., Modern French injurieux) and directly from Latin injuriosus “unlawful, wrongful, harmful, noxious,” from injuria (see injury). Related: Injuriously.

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