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Definition of hurtful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of comments) making you feel upset and offended synonym unkind
  2. 2 I cannot forget the hurtful things he said. hurtful to somebody The bad reviews of her new book were very hurtful to her.
adverb He said, rather hurtfully, that he had better things to do than come and see me.
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