If you say that someone's comments or actions are hurtful, you mean that they are unkind and upsetting.

Her comments can only be very hurtful to Mrs Green's family.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • hurtful — index adverse (negative), bitter (reproachful), caustic, dangerous, detrimental, disadvantageous …   Law dictionary

  • hurtful — harmful, mid 15c., from HURT (Cf. hurt) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Hurtfully; hurtfulness …   Etymology dictionary

  • hurtful — [adj] injurious, cruel aching, afflictive, bad, cutting, damaging, dangerous, deadly, deleterious, destructive, detrimental, disadvantageous, distressing, evil, harmful, hurting, malicious, mean, mischievous, nasty, nocuous, noxious, ominous,… …   New thesaurus

  • hurtful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ causing mental pain or distress. DERIVATIVES hurtfully adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • hurtful — [hʉrt′fəl] adj. causing hurt; harmful hurtfully adv. hurtfulness n …   English World dictionary

  • hurtful — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ find sth ▪ I found some of his comments rather hurtful. ADVERB ▪ deeply, very ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • hurtful — adjective a) Tending to impair or damage; injurious; mischievous; occasioning loss or injury. A good principle not rightly understood may prove as hurtful as a bad. b) Tending to hurt someones feelings; insulting …   Wiktionary

  • hurtful — hurt|ful [ˈhə:tfəl US ˈhə:rt ] adj making you feel very upset or offended = ↑unkind hurtful remark/comment etc >hurtfully adv >hurtfulness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hurtful — adjective making you feel very upset or offended: a hurtful remark hurtfully adverb hurtfulness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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