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EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB
Her plan was also hurt by the slumping economy this year, which pushed many state residents out of work and made more than 3, members eligible for Medicaid, the state-federal health program for the poor. Scaling back the program would hurt not just those who have been injured but the many more people who count on vaccines to protect them from dangerous diseases. The offices were firebombed in ; no one was hurt but a permanent police car was subsequently stationed outside. Even the best of us can hurt the people who come to us for care when we forget that our foremost obligation is to them. To hurt them at their safe haven and homes—such an attack is perfect revenge. He had written to Maggie, and been surprised and hurt to receive no reply. The blast furnaces were not hurt at all, and will be in operation as soon as a supply of coke can be obtained.
Entry 1 of 2 transitive verb 1 a : to inflict with physical pain : wound He hurt his back while moving some boxes. Emerson 2 a : a bodily injury or wound b : mental or emotional distress or anguish : suffering getting past the hurt of a bitter divorce 3 : wrong , harm subordinating cosmic to moral considerations, to the hurt of both — M. These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hurt.
Some common synonyms of hurt are damage , harm , impair , injure , and mar. While all these words mean "to affect injuriously," hurt implies inflicting a wound to the body or to the feelings. Although the words damage and hurt have much in common, damage suggests injury that lowers value or impairs usefulness. The words harm and hurt can be used in similar contexts, but harm often stresses the inflicting of pain, suffering, or loss. The words impair and hurt are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, impair suggests a making less complete or efficient by deterioration or diminution.