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Borrowed from Old French damage (Modern French dommage), from Vulgar Latin *damnaticum from Classical Latin damnum.


  • IPA(key): /ˈdæmɪdʒ/
  • Rhymes: -æmɪdʒ
  • Hyphenation: dam‧age


damage (countable and uncountable, plural damages)

  1. Injury or harm; the condition or measure of something not being intact.
    The storm did a lot of damage to the area.
    • Francis Bacon
      Great errors and absurdities many commit for want of a friend to tell them of them, to the great damage both of their fame and fortune.
  2. (slang) Cost or expense.
    "What's the damage?" he asked the waiter.

Related terms

  • damn



damage (third-person singular simple present damages, present participle damaging, simple past and past participle damaged)

  1. (transitive) To impair the soundness, goodness, or value of; to harm or cause destruction.
    Be careful not to damage any of the fragile items while unpacking them.
    Cold temperatures, heavy rain, falling rocks, strong winds and glacier movement can damage the equipment.
    • 1774, Edward Long, The History of Jamaica. Or, General Survey of the Antient and Modern State of that Island, volume 2, book 2, chapter 7, 5:
      The building was erected in two years, at the parochial expence, on the foundation of the former one, which was irreparably damaged by the hurricane of Auguſt, 1712.
    • Clarendon
      He [] came up to the English admiral and gave him a broadside, with which he killed many of his men and damaged the ship.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To undergo damage.

Derived terms

  • undamaged


Old French


From Vulgar Latin *damnaticum from Classical Latin damnum. Cognate with Old Occitan damnatge.


damage m (oblique plural damages, nominative singular damages, nominative plural damage)

  1. damage
  2. injury, hurt, insult

Related terms

  • damagier


  • French: dommage
  • Norman: dommage
  • English: damage
  • Irish: damáiste
  • Sicilian: damaggiu

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