• WordNet 3.6
    • n harmfulness the quality of being noxious
    • n harmfulness destructiveness that causes harm or injury
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pine, spruce, or other evergreen wood should never be used in barbecues. These woods, when burning or smoking, can add harmful tar and resins to the food. Only hardwoods should be used for smoking and grilling, such as oak, pecan, hickory, maple, cherry, alder, apple, or mesquite, depending on the type of meat being cooked.
    • n harmfulness The quality or state of being harmful.
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  • Proverb
    “Some who will not speak against another, in the end does them harm.”
  • Hippocrates
    “Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “It is difficult to say who do you the most harm: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best.”
  • Dan Quayle
    “It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm. But the harm does not interest them.”


No harm, no foul - There's no problem when no harm or damage is done, such as the time my sister-in-law stole the name we'd chosen for a boy and we both ended up having girls.


In literature:

But if he could double that fifty without harm to himself, Tex was not going to split any hairs over the method.
"Skyrider" by B. M. Bower
What harm does sudden death to a man?
"Sunrise" by William Black
We ought to know what things are good for us to eat, and what will do us harm.
"First Book in Physiology and Hygiene" by J.H. Kellogg
I have harmed none of you, but you have grievously harmed me.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Taking off his hat and bowing deeply, he expressed his hope that she had suffered no harm through the unmannerly assault upon her.
"The Cornet of Horse" by G. A. Henty
And yet I cannot think that they would willingly harm any one.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
For, by God, I will, if aught of harm hath overtaken my master.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
The wise men are doing penance, not because they intend harm, but in order to prevent the people from being harmed.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
We believe it has done the cause of teetotalism a world of harm.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
His horse had been killed, but no harm had come to him.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris

In poetry:

He wills no harm, he does no wrong;
His neighbour's interest is his own;
In honesty and honour strong:
These are his guides, and these alone.
"Virtue its own Reward" by John Bowring
For I that danced her on my knee,
That watch'd her on her nurse's arm,
That shielded all her life from harm
At last must part with her to thee;
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 131" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Moving of th' earth brings harms and fears;
Men reckon what it did, and meant;
But trepidation of the spheres,
Though greater far, is innocent.
"A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" by John Donne
For I that danced her on my knee,
That watch'd her on her nurse's arm,
That shielded all her life from harm
At last must part with her to thee;
"In Memoriam 131: O Living Will That Shalt Endure" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
O Father, lift me on thine arm,
And hold me close to thee;
Lift me into thy breathing warm,
Then cast me, and I fear no harm,
Into creation's sea!
"Sunday" by George MacDonald
The dry leaves rustled, back we sped
to where the homelight beckoned warm,
to supper-time and Mother's smile;
and nestling near her safe from harm.
"Adventure" by Alice Guerin Crist

In news:

According to federal officials, districts like Oakland, Calif, harm private bus firms by using city transit buses.
But when was the last time you cleansed the inside of your body, ridding it of toxins that can create harm and weaken the performance of key organs.
0 "G uilt is a harmful feeling," proclaims one of the central characters in the film Cronicas from Ecuadorian writer and director, Sebastian Cordero.
Daniel Allen faces counts of malice and felony murder along with kidnapping with bodily harm in the shooting death of Dwayne Louder.
Comic Books, "Soda-pop," and Societal Harm.
A Harlingen law firm is fighting several pharmaceutical companies claiming they did more harm than good to four mothers and their children.
Singleton said deregulating phone companies would harm consumers.
Most dermatologists say Retin-A will probably not harm people who use it on rough, precancerous patches of skin that are common in those exposed to large amounts of sun.
One bad law can harm an entire industry, SPEC says.
Free-range parenting leader Skenazy insists that total supervision of children is not only unnecessary, but harmful.
Why ' leaker in chief' charge harms the president.
Washington and Tokyo have to focus on protecting their citizens from harm today.
With both running mates a drag on their respective tickets, their best-case scenario in Thursday's debate may be to do no harm.
Deed in lieu may do no greater harm to credit after bankruptcy.
What might cause more harm than help.

In science:

Coherent effects which could for example arise from uncorrected temperature variation induced changes of the response are potentially more harmful if they affect a large portion of the detector.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
Since Livj ⊆ Cvj+i , it does no harm to assume that y is homogeneous, say of degree −k < 0. (If y is homogeneous of positive degree, the proof is similar.) We’ll utilize the element x = u + dn .
Primitive ideals of noetherian generalized down-up algebras
It does no harm to assume that y ∈ L′ k for some k ∈ Z.
Primitive ideals of noetherian generalized down-up algebras
Clearly it does no harm to assume that i − i′ ≥ 0.
Primitive ideals of noetherian generalized down-up algebras
It does no harm to assume that this homogeneous element has nonnegative degree.
Primitive ideals of noetherian generalized down-up algebras