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.
adj 1: (sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury;
"damaging to career and reputation"; "the reporter's
coverage resulted in prejudicial publicity for the
defendant" [syn: detrimental, prejudicial, prejudicious]
2: designed or tending to discredit, especially without
positive or helpful suggestions; "negative criticism"