1. Injury or harm to person, property, or reputation; an inflicted loss of value; detriment; hurt; mischief.
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet and drinketh damage. --Prov. xxvi. 6.
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. --Bacon.
2. pl. Law The estimated reparation in money for detriment or injury sustained; a compensation, recompense, or satisfaction to one party, for a wrong or injury actually done to him by another.
Note: ☞ In common-law actions, the jury are the proper judges of damages.
Consequential damage. See under Consequential.
Exemplary damages Law, damages imposed by way of example to others. Similar in purpose to vindictive damages, below.
Nominal damages Law, those given for a violation of a right where no actual loss has accrued.
vindictive damages or punitive damages, those given specially for the punishment of the wrongdoer.
Syn: -- Mischief; injury; harm; hurt; detriment; evil; ill. See Mischief.
Dam·age, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Damaged p. pr. & vb. n. Damaging ] To occasion damage to the soundness, goodness, or value of; to hurt; to injure; to impair.
He . . . came up to the English admiral and gave him a broadside, with which he killed many of his men and damaged the ship. --Clarendon.
Dam·age v. i. To receive damage or harm; to be injured or impaired in soundness or value; as, some colors in cloth damage in sunlight.
n 1: the occurrence of a change for the worse [syn: harm, impairment]
2: loss of military equipment [syn: equipment casualty]
3: the act of damaging something or someone [syn: harm, hurt,
4: the amount of money needed to purchase something; "the price
of gasoline"; "he got his new car on excellent terms";
"how much is the damage?" [syn: price, terms]
5: a legal injury is any damage resulting from a violation of a
legal right [syn: wrong, legal injury]
v : inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She
damaged the car when she hit the tree"