Damage

Definition of Damage

Dam´age   Pronunciation: dăm´ãjd
n.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.(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.
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
those given specially for the punishment of the wrongdoer.
v. t.1.To occasion damage to the soundness, goodness, or value of; to hurt; to injure; to impair.
[imp. & p. p. Damaged (dăm"ãjd); p. pr. & vb. n. Damaging (dăm"ã*jĭng).]
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.
v. i.1.To receive damage or harm; to be injured or impaired in soundness or value; as, some colors in cloth damage in sunlight.

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