Synonyms of damage
1 destructionDictionary • There have been many reports of minor damage to buildings.
destruction • the extensive destruction caused by the rioters
hurt • I am sorry for any hurt that it may have caused.
ruin • It is the ruin of society.
devastation • A huge bomb blast brought devastation to the centre of the city.
detriment • She supported her husband's career to the detriment of her own.
2 harmDictionary • The administration wants to limit the damage done to international relations.
harm • It would probably do the economy more harm than good.
loss • His death is a great loss to us.
injury • The two other passengers escaped serious injury.
abuse • an investigation into alleged child abuse
ill • I know it will be difficult for them but I wish them no ill.
3 costDictionary (informal) • What's the damage for these tickets?
cost • The cost of a loaf of bread has increased five-fold.
price • a sharp increase in the price of petrol
charge • We can arrange this for a small charge.
rate • specially reduced rates
bill • They couldn't afford to pay the bills.
figure • It's hard to put a figure on the damage.
expense • She has refurbished the whole place at vast expense.
outlay • Apart from the initial outlay, dishwashers can actually save you money.
1 spoilDictionary • He damaged the car with a baseball bat.
spoil • It is important not to let mistakes spoil your life.
hurt • They don't want to hurt their husband's careers.
injure • A bomb exploded, seriously injuring five people.
smash • Police staged a raid to smash one of Britain's biggest crack factories.
ruin • The original decor was all ruined during renovation.
devastate • A fire devastated large parts of the castle.
mar • The scar was discreet enough not to mar his good looks.
wreck • Vandals wrecked the garden.
shatter • Something like that really shatters your confidence.
demolish • The building is being demolished to make way for a motorway.
undo • Their hopes of a victory were undone by a goal from John Barnes.
trash (slang) • Would they trash the place when the party was over?
impair • Consumption of alcohol impairs your ability to drive.
ravage • The soldiers had ravaged the village.
deface • It's illegal to deface banknotes.
play (merry) hell with (informal)
2 harmDictionary • He doesn't want to damage his reputation as a political personality.
harm • a warning that the product may harm the environment
mar • A number of problems marred the smooth running of the event.
stain • Some foods can stain teeth, as of course can smoking.
taint • Rancid oil will taint the flavour.
tarnish • His image was tarnished by the savings and loans scandal.
blot • Only one memorable slip-up has blotted his career.
blemish • He wasn't about to blemish that pristine record.
sully • I felt loath to sully the gleaming brass knocker by handling it.
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• an investigation into alleged child abuse
amendsrecompense or compensation given or gained for some injury, insult, etc
• He wanted to make amends for causing their marriage to fail.
billA bill is a written statement of money that you owe for goods or services.
• They couldn't afford to pay the bills.
Thesaurus for damage from the Collins English Thesaurus
injury or harm impairing the function or condition of a person or thing