• Adding Insult to Injury
    Adding Insult to Injury
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n injury wrongdoing that violates another's rights and is unjustly inflicted
    • n injury an act that causes someone or something to receive physical damage
    • n injury an accident that results in physical damage or hurt
    • n injury a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat
    • n injury any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
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child with rusty nail injury child with rusty nail injury

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a year, there are 60,000 trampoline injuries that occur in the U.S
    • n Injury Any damage or hurt done to a person or thing; detriment to, or violation of, the person, character, feelings, rights, property, or interests of an individual; that which injures, or occasions wrong, loss, damage, or detriment; harm; hurt; loss; mischief; wrong; evil; as, his health was impaired by a severe injury; slander is an injury to the character. Injury in morals and jurisprudence is the intentional doing of wrong. "For he that doeth injury shall receive that that he did evil.""Many times we do injury to a cause by dwelling on trifling arguments.""Riot ascends above their loftiest towers,
      And injury and outrage."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most common injury caused by cosmetics is to the eye by a mascara wand
    • n injury That which injures; harm inflicted or suffered; mischief; damage; hurt.
    • n injury Injurious speech; detraction; calumny.
    • injury To injure; hurt; harm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1905, 18 men died from injuries sustained on the football field. President Theodore Roosevelt stepped in and instituted safety measures to make the game safer.
    • Injury that which injures: wrong: mischief: annoyance:
    • Injury (Pr. Bk.) insult, offence
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  • Thomas Fuller
    “Slight small injuries, and they will become none at all.”
  • Critias of Athens
    Critias of Athens
    “If you will discipline yourself to make your mind self-sufficient you will thereby be least vulnerable to injury from the outside.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “One ungrateful person, does an injury to all needy people.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “One ungrateful man does an injury to all who stand in need of aid.”
  • Persian Proverb
    Persian Proverb
    “The best memory is that which forgets nothing, but injuries. Write kindness in marble and write injuries in the dust.”
  • Aesop
    “The injuries we do and the injuries we suffer are seldom weighed on the same scales.”


Add insult to injury - When people add insult to injury, they make a bad situation even worse.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. injurie, L. injuria, fr. injurius, injurious, wrongful, unjust; pref. in-, not + jus, juris, right, law, justice: cf. F. injure,. See Just (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. injurier—L. injuriāriinjuria, injury—in, not, jus, juris, law.


In literature:

You are either injurious or inefficient.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
Mayhem, although popularly supposed to refer to injury to the face, lip, tongue, eye, or ear, applies to any injury done a limb.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
It may be the consequence either of injury or of violent efforts made during crying.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
With some varieties the catkins are severely injured each winter, with others, very little injury occurs.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
All the party succeeded in getting out with minor injuries, except a grandchild, who was internally injured.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
A little injury had been done aloft, but nothing that the ready skill of the seamen was not able to repair even in that rough weather.
"The Two Admirals" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Perhaps he felt a proud resentment at the insult and injury put upon him.
"The Kentucky Ranger" by Edward T. Curnick
When the second half began, Canterbury added insult to injury.
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Place stakes about the young tree to protect it from injury.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
Wood injury, catkin injury, and pistil injury will be treated separately.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association

In poetry:

"But the vile wretch that flies from me
Doth his own soul an injury;
Fools that against my grace rebel
Seek death, and love the road to hell."
"Hymn 93" by Isaac Watts
The God of armies is a warrior strong,
A safe retreat from injury and wrong;
From him alone comes conquest and success:
Implore his aid, and He thy arms will bless.
"Advice To A Soldier" by Rees Prichard
Where promises and grace
Can neither melt nor move,
The angry Lamb resents
The injuries of his love;
Awakes his wrath without delay,
As lions roar, and tear the prey.
"Hymn 148" by Isaac Watts
Learn thou from Samuel, whilst yet a youth
With strict fidelity to serve thy God,
And to the last, unshaken hold the truth,
Unshock'd by injuries, unstain'd by fraud.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
But at last there came commandment
For to set the ladies free,
With their jewels still adorn-ed,
None to do them injury.
Then said this lady mild, "Full woe is me;
O let me still sustain this kind captivity!
"The Spanish Lady's Love" by Henry Morley
"O love too injurious, to wound my poor heart!
O willow, willow, willow!
To suffer the triumph, and joy in my smart:
O willow, willow, willow!
O willow, willow, willow!
Sing, O the green willow shall be my garl-and.
"Willow, Willow, Willow" by Henry Morley

In news:

He suffered a severe knee injury and a severed artery and part of his right leg had to be amputated .
GDO Report on Georgia Personal Injury Law.
Alouettes linebacker Marc-Olivier Brouillette avoided serious injury Sunday when he landed awkwardly in a pileup after a kickoff return in the East Division final.
Jones, 75, of Mountain Home, died Thursday, July 3, 2003, at St Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, from injuries sustained during a fall.
Children on sports teams are playing harder and longer than ever, and that makes them vulnerable to injuries.
Stray mortar rounds and a tank shell fired from Syria landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Thursday, causing alarm but no injuries or damage.
Nursing minor injuries, Alabama QB AJ McCarron, WR Amari Cooper expected to be back to speed as soon as Tuesday.
A Russian newspaper says Putin aggravated an old injury on the flight.
Two Trenton police officers riding in the vehicle narrowly escaped injury.
' as New Report Shows 13 People a Day Die From Work Injuries.
The Washington Redskins' signing of veteran running back Ryan Grant was, as it turns out, an injury-replacement move.
Dinara Safina is still waiting to find out the extent of her latest back injury after retiring from her singles quarterfinal in Marbella on Friday.
Alfred and Burk, who has had two ACL injuries, have had the same injury.
Ferno recognizes that your body is the most important tool you have as an emergency responder and has developed Injury Free to teach injury prevention and wellness from an EMS perspective.
DeSean Jackson is the biggest name on the Eagles' injury report with a rib cartilage injury that includes swelling in his chest.

In science:

The inflammatory mediator pathway has been implicated as a potential contributor to the progression of ischemic injury (del Zoppo et al., 2000; Iadecola and Alexander, 2001).
Neuroprotective efficacy of nimesulide against hippocampal neuronal damage following transient forebrain ischemia
Bright and dark sides of nitric oxide in ischemic brain injury.
Neuroprotective efficacy of nimesulide against hippocampal neuronal damage following transient forebrain ischemia
Although ROS have been postulated to play an important role in the progression of reperfusion injury, the time course of oxidative damage following transient forebrain ischemia has been poorly characterized.
Time course of oxidative damage in different brain regions following transient cerebral ischemia in gerbils
Oxygen free radical involvement in ischemia and reperfusion injury to brain.
Time course of oxidative damage in different brain regions following transient cerebral ischemia in gerbils
There is mounting evidence that post-ischemic cyclooxygenase-2 induction contributes to ischemic brain damage [9,18,19]. It has been known for decades that cyclooxygenase inhibitors decrease ischemic brain injury [17,22].
The highly selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor DFU is neuroprotective when given several hours after transient cerebral ischemia in gerbils