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damage

[′dam·ij]
(ordnance)
An injury short of complete destruction inflicted upon persons, equipment, or installations.
To cause damage.
References in classic literature ?
He made a damaging effect, and has great influence.
He had a caustic tongue and fine assortment of damaging epithets, most of which were levelled at my devoted skull during those three months.
However, there is always a cheering influence about the sea; and in my berth that night, rocked by the measured swell of the waves and lulled by the murmur of the distant surf, I soon passed tranquilly out of all consciousness of the dreary experiences of the day and damaging premonitions of the future.
He had a mind that delighted in dialectics, and he forced Philip to contradict himself; he pushed him into corners from which he could only escape by damaging concessions; he tripped him up with logic and battered him with authorities.
A weight seemed to rest upon her brain, impeding, though not damaging its action.