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Definition of hurtful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    hurtful

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈhərtfl//
     
     
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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.
NAmE//ˈhərtfəli//
 
adverb He said, rather hurtfully, that he had better things to do than come and see me.
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