Definition of hurtful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhɜːtfl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrtfl//
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(of comments) making you feel upset and offended synonym unkind I cannot forget the hurtful things he said. She made some very hurtful remarks. hurtful to somebody The bad reviews of her new book were very hurtful to her. What he said was deeply hurtful to me.
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