Harm vs Exploit - What's the difference?

harm | exploit |

As a proper noun harm

is , low german, derived from herman, meaning "army man".

As a noun exploit is

a heroic or extraordinary deed.

As a verb exploit is

to use for one’s own advantage.



(wikipedia harm)


(en noun)
  • Injury; hurt; damage; detriment; misfortune.
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  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them. Soft heartedness caused more harm than good.}}
  • That which causes injury, damage, or loss.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • We, ignorant of ourselves, / Beg often our own harms .

    Usage notes

    * Adjectives often applied to "harm": bodily, physical, environmental, emotional, financial, serious, irreparable, potential, long-term, short-term, permanent, lasting, material, substantial.


    (en verb)
  • To cause injury to another; to hurt; to cause damage to something.
  • Derived terms

    * do no harm * harmer * harmless * harm's way * self-harm * unharmed


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    (en noun)
  • A heroic or extraordinary deed.
  • An achievement.
  • (computing) A program or technique that exploits a vulnerability in other software.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To use for one’s own advantage.
  • Synonyms

    * take advantage of,