Definition of hurtful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhərtfəl/


Causing distress to someone’s feelings: his hurtful remarks
More example sentences
  • And what company in their right mind would touch such a nasty, intrusive, hurtful idea?
  • She always found the most cruel, shaming and hurtful way possible to attack.
  • I guess that is something that can be a bit hurtful or upsetting for me to ponder.
upsetting, distressing, wounding, painful, injurious;
informal catty, bitchy



Pronunciation: /ˈhərtfəlē/
Example sentences
  • And my father began to speak hurtfully, sarcastically to me.
  • Coun Campbell said: ‘I take it very hurtfully that I am operating only as a one-man or two-man parish council and that I am not acting in the best interests of the village.’
  • ‘Fine, don't believe me, you'll all see’ Harrison said hurtfully.


Pronunciation: /ˈhərtfəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • It is as if finally our battles in all their hurtfulness and seriousness are being shown.
  • It can be a lesson on the hurtfulness of put-downs, followed by discussions on ways to communicate ‘put-ups.’
  • None of that matches the hurtfulness, however, of the effort to marginalize gays and lesbians through their children.

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Syllabification: hurt·ful

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