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One can see both variants used. Are both correct? And what the difference, if so?

I suppose, when word "feeling" is used in this this context, the phrase must be extended with the mention of concrete feeling the speaker refers to.

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    Actually Ngrm shows no usage of it hurts my feeling: books.google.com/ngrams/… – user66974 May 31 '15 at 8:16
  • @Josh61 That's as what i thought. I think the phrase it hurts my feelings is pretty idiomatic. And derivative it hurts my feeling of .. (e.g. beauty, the beautiful) is not the same "unit of language", one may say. – jungle_mole May 31 '15 at 8:17
  • Yes feelings has a more idiomatic and restricted usage: Feelings (plural) 1) emotional or moral sensitivity, as in relation to principles or personal dignity (esp in the phrase hurt or injure the feelings of) 2) have feelings for to be emotionally or sexually attracted to. (Collins) – user66974 May 31 '15 at 8:23
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    The idiomatic version of "it hurts my feeling of fairness|justice|aesthetics|(whatever)" is "it offends my sense of ..{X}" – TRomano May 31 '15 at 11:35
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Ok, to summarize the comments:

  1. It is not correct to say it hurts my feeling
  2. There is no such idiom as it hurts my feeling of ..
  3. The idiomatic version of it hurts my feeling of fairness|justice|aesthetics|(whatever) is it offends my sense of ..{X}

Thank you to all commenters.

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    Excellent job of putting together your own answer! :-) – Brian Hitchcock Jun 1 '15 at 8:32

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