Synonyms for (adjective) harmful

Synonyms: harmful

Definition: causing or capable of causing harm

Usage: too much sun is harmful to the skin; harmful effects of smoking

Similar words: abusive

Definition: characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment

Usage: abusive punishment; argued...that foster homes are abusive


Similar words: bad

Definition: capable of harming

Usage: bad air; smoking is bad for you


Similar words: bruising

Definition: causing mental or emotional injury

Usage: a bruising experience; protected from the bruising facts of battle- John Mason Brown


Similar words: hurtful, injurious, deleterious

Definition: harmful to living things

Usage: deleterious chemical additives


Similar words: defamatory, denigrating, denigrative, denigratory, libellous, libelous, calumniatory, calumnious, slanderous

Definition: (used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign


Similar words: ruinous, catastrophic

Definition: extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin

Usage: a catastrophic depression; catastrophic illness; a ruinous course of action


Similar words: counterproductive

Definition: tending to hinder the achievement of a goal


Similar words: detrimental, damaging, prejudicial, prejudicious

Definition: (sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury

Usage: damaging to career and reputation; the reporter's coverage resulted in prejudicial publicity for the defendant


Similar words: ill

Definition: resulting in suffering or adversity

Usage: ill effects; it's an ill wind that blows no good


Similar words: insidious, pernicious, subtle

Definition: working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

Usage: glaucoma is an insidious disease; a subtle poison


Similar words: mischievous

Definition: deliberately causing harm or damage

Usage: mischievous rumors and falsehoods


Similar words: nocent

Definition: having a tendency to cause harm


Similar words: stabbing, wounding

Definition: causing physical or especially psychological injury

Usage: a stabbing remark; wounding and false charges of disloyalty