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Undermined vs Damaged - What's the difference?

undermined | damaged |

As verbs the difference between undermined and damaged

is that undermined is (undermine) while damaged is (damage).




  • (undermine)

  • undermine



  • To dig underneath (something), to make a passage or for destructive or military purposes; to sap.
  • * 2009 , (Diarmaid MacCulloch), A History of Christianity , Penguin 2010, p. 312:
  • Martin, for instance, had on one occasion undermined a tree sacred to old gods, then stood in the path of its fall, but forced it to fall elsewhere by making the sign of the Cross.
  • (figuratively) To weaken or work against; to hinder, sabotage.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=April 19, author=Josh Halliday, work=the Guardian
  • , title= Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised? , passage=The growing use of social media to spread anger and dissent in the Arab world has been hailed by western governments as one of the chief justifications for a completely unfettered internet. The US is reportedly funding the secret rollout of technology in Iran in an effort to undermine internet censors in the country.}}


    * undergird




  • (damage)
  • Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "damaged" is often applied: building, house, home, bridge, tree, street, road, vehicle, car, aircraft, ship, machine, goods, merchandize, material, stock, book, document, file, hard disk, skin, hair, tissue, joint, cartilage, baggage, reputation.