Webster 1913 Edition
dommage, fr. assumed LL.
damnaticum, from L.
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
Prov. xxvi. 6.
Great errors and absurdities many commit for want of a friend to tell them of them, to the great
damageboth of their fame and fortune.
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.
☞ In common-law actions, the jury are the proper judges of damages.
Syn. – Mischief; injury; harm; hurt; detriment; evil; ill. See
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
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
To receive damage or harm; to be injured or impaired in soundness or value;
as, some colors in cloth.
Webster 1828 Edition
DAM'AGE, n.[This word seems to be allied to the Greek, a fine or mulet.]
1.Any hurt, injury or harm to one's estate; any loss of property sustained; any hinderance to the increase of property; or any obstruction to the success of an enterprise. A man suffers damage by the destruction of his corn, by the burning of his house, by the detention of a ship which defeats a profitable voyage, or by the failure of a profitable undertaking. Damage then is any actual loss, or the prevention of profit. It is usually and properly applied to property, but sometimes to reputation and other things which are valuable. But in the latter case, injury is more correctly used.
2.The value of what is lost; the estimated equivalent for detriment or injury sustained; that which is given or adjudged to repair a loss. This is the legal signification of the word. It is the province of a jury to assess damages in trespass. In this sense, the word is generally used in the plural.