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Harm appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Come, come,
    Stay calm, stay calm,
    No need for alarm,
    It only hums,
    It doesn't harm.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun harm:


The word harm is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun harm

What does harm mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: harms

  1. any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of harm: hurt / injury / trauma
    • more generic terms: health problem / ill health / unhealthiness = a state in which you are unable to function normally and without pain
    • more specific terms:
      • brain damage = injury to the brain that impairs its functions
      • birth trauma = physical injury to an infant during the birth process
      • blast trauma = injury caused the explosion of a bomb
      • haemorrhage / hemorrhage / bleeding = the flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessel
      • blunt trauma = injury incurred when the human body hits or is hit by a large outside object
      • contusion / bruise = an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration
      • bump = a lump on the body caused by a blow
      • burn = an injury caused by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation
      • dislocation = a displacement of a part (especially a bone) from its normal position
      • electric shock = trauma caused by the passage of electric current through the body
      • fracture / break = breaking of hard tissue such as bone
      • cryopathy / frostbite = destruction of tissue by freezing and characterized by tingling, blistering and possibly gangrene
      • intravasation = entry of foreign matter into a blood vessel
      • penetrating injury / penetrating trauma = injury incurred when an object (as a knife or bullet or shrapnel) penetrates into the body
      • pinch = an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
      • rupture = state of being torn or burst open
      • insect bite / sting / bite = a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
      • strain = injury to a muscle
      • whiplash injury / whiplash = an injury to the neck (the cervical vertebrae) resulting from rapid acceleration or deceleration
      • wheal / wale / weal / welt = a raised mark on the skin
      • lesion / wound = an injury to living tissue
      • wrench / twist / pull = a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
  2. the occurrence of a change for the worse
  3. the act of damaging something or someone

Alternative definition of the noun harm


  1. Injury; hurt; damage; detriment; misfortune.
  2. That which causes injury, damage, or loss.

Definition of the verb harm

What does harm mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: harmed | harming | harms

  1. cause or do harm to
    • example: These pills won't harm your system
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic words: injure / wound = cause injuries or bodily harm to
    • more specific word: sicken = make sick or ill

Alternative definition of the verb harm


  1. To cause injury to another; to hurt; to cause damage to something.


  1. Harm a.k.a. Hank Williams: Hiram King "Hank" Williams, Sr. was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential singers and songwriters of the 20th Century, Williams recorded 35 singles that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one.
  2. Harm a.k.a. Harmony Korine is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, author and occasional actor. He is best known for writing Kids and for directing Spring Breakers, Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy and Mister Lonely. His film Trash Humpers premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and won the main prize, the DOX Award, at CPH:DOX in November 2009. His film Spring Breakers was released in 2013.
  3. Harm a.k.a. Harmony Lucas is the son of Susan Saint James.

There are other people with in their name, like Ray Harm, Eric Harm, Harm Buiter, Harm Jacobs, Harm Jansen, Harm Lagaay, Harm de Blij, Harm Kuipers, Harm Wiersma, Michael Harm and many others.


Harm is a musical group.

  • albums: "Devil", "Demonic Alliance"


Harm is a fictional supervillain in the DC Comics universe. He first appeared in Young Justice #4.


  1. "Harm" is a musical album of The Telescopes.
    • released on
  2. "Harm" is a musical single of Alistair Albrecht.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  3. "Harm" is a musical album of The Knell.
    • released on (8 years ago)


Harm is a moral and legal concept.

Phrases with Harm

Phrase starting with the word Harm:

  1. Harm's Way

Phrases ending with the word Harm:

  1. Self-harm
  2. Actual Bodily Harm
  3. grievous bodily harm
  4. Number needed to harm

Other phrases containing the word Harm:

  1. In Harm's Way
  2. No Harm, No Foul
  3. Out of Harm's Way

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Harm

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Google previewAd Cogitavit (2011)

A Collection of Rational Thought by Isy Perez

The second harm is that marijuana can be a gateway drug as it will lead to people taking LSD and heroine. This is a poorly drawn conclusion as any data collected to prove this point can easily be nullified with the simple argument that the type ...

Google previewLaw and Neuroscience (2011)

Current Legal Issues by Michael Freeman

Emotional harm is a legal,2 not a scientific, concept, but one that relates closely to cognitive or mental disorders identified by the medical community. The medical field recognizes the physiological aspect of mental disorders. The Diagnostic.

Google previewHealth and Quality of Life (2002)

Philosophical, Medical, and Cultural Aspects by Gerhard Aumuller

Harm is a condition where a person is bad off, not where a person is worse off than another. You can be worse off but still...

Harm means something below a certain threshold, not merely to lack what is normal. BASIC ABILITIES To cut a long ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Mental Health (2015)

With few exceptions, sexual harm is an offense committed by an individual. The point of intervention, then, is each and every...

Google previewA Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care (2013)

by John Harris, Vicky White

'harm' means ill-treatment or the impairment of health or development, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Aging and Public Health (2008)

by Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

Lloyd Harm reduction principles have most frequently been applied to programs addressing substance use and abuse, including alcohol, prescription drugs, and illicit drugs, and safer sex. It is a pragmatic approach to addressing risky ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work (2006)

by Melissa Hope Ditmore

Much like humanistic psychology, harm reduction advocates take a nonjudgmental, empathetic stance, which is considered a prerequisite for maximum impact. This functions to achieve a better understanding of the individual's world and the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology (2011)

by Daniel J. Christie

deliberate harm where private gain overrides public responsibility, and (3) harm resulting indirectly from complex collaborations – witting or unwitting ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Literature in Canada (2002)

by William H. New

Since category 2 is the one that is most difficult to define, much attention has been focused on the possible interpretations of the crucial term 'substantial risk of harm.' Harm to women and to women's equality and dignity is mentioned as one of ...

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

misfortune, bad luck, trouble,harm, ~болох to be anuisance, to become a burden,to be the causeof trouble, ~болоход unfortunately, ~ газар дороос, ...

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Quotes about Harm

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. (T.S. Eliot)
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Scrabble value of H4A1R1M3

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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