Inquiry vs Injury - What's the difference?

inquiry | injury |


As nouns the difference between inquiry and injury

is that inquiry is the act of inquiring; a seeking of information by asking questions; interrogation; a question or questioning while injury is damage to the body of a human or animal.

As a verb injury is

(obsolete) to wrong, to injure.

inquiry

Alternative forms

* enquiry

Noun

(inquiries)
  • The act of inquiring; a seeking of information by asking questions; interrogation; a question or questioning.
  • Search for truth, information, or knowledge; examination of facts or principles; research; investigation; as, physical inquiries.
  • Usage notes

    According to Fowler's Modern English Usage'' (1926), ''inquiry'' should be used in relation to a formal inquest, and ''enquiry'' to the act of questioning. Many (though not all) British writers maintain this distinction; the Oxford English Dictionary, in its entry not updated since 1900, lists ''inquiry'' and ''enquiry'' as equal alternatives, in that order. Some British dictionaries, such as ''Chambers 21st Century Dictionary'' [http://www.chambersharrap.co.uk/chambers/features/chref/chref.py/main?title=21st&query=inquiry], present the two spellings as interchangeable variants in the general sense, but prefer ''inquiry'' for the "formal inquest" sense. In Australian English, ''inquiry'' represents a formal inquest (such as a government investigation) while ''enquiry'' is used in the act of questioning (eg: the customer enquired about the status of his loan application). Both spellings are current in Canadian English, where ''enquiry'' is often associated with scholarly or intellectual research. (See Pam Peters, ''The Cambridge Guide to English Usage , p. 282.) American English usually uses inquiry .

    References

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    injury

    English

    (wikipedia injury)

    Alternative forms

    * enjury

    Noun

    (injuries)
  • damage to the body of a human or animal
  • The passenger sustained a severe injury in the car accident.
  • violation of a person, their character, feelings, rights, property, or interests
  • Slander is an injury to the character.
  • (archaic) injustice
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    See also

    * harm * hurt * damage * loss * mischief * impairment * detriment * wrong * evil * injustice

    Verb

  • (obsolete) To wrong, to injure.
  • *, II.12:
  • The best of us doth not so much feare to wrong him, as he doth to injurie his neighbour, his kinsman, or his master.