maim

[meym]
verb (used with object)
1.
to deprive of the use of some part of the body by wounding or the like; cripple: The explosion maimed him for life.
2.
to impair; make essentially defective: The essay was maimed by deletion of important paragraphs.
noun Obsolete.
3.
a physical injury, especially a loss of a limb.
4.
an injury or defect; blemish; lack.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English mayme, variant of mahayme mayhem

maimedness, noun
maimer, noun
remaim, verb (used with object)
self-maimed, adjective
unmaimed, adjective

maim, mayhem (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. Maim, lacerate, mangle, mutilate indicate the infliction of painful and severe injuries on the body. To maim is to injure by giving a disabling wound, or by depriving a person of one or more members or their use: maimed in an accident. To lacerate is to inflict severe cuts and tears on the flesh or skin: to lacerate an arm. To mangle is to chop undiscriminatingly or to crush or rend by blows or pressure, as if by machinery: bodies mangled in a train wreck. To mutilate is to injure the completeness or beauty of a body, especially by cutting off an important member: to mutilate a statue, a tree, a person. 2. injure, disable, deface, mar.
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maim (meɪm)
 
vb
1.  to mutilate, cripple, or disable a part of the body of (a person or animal)
2.  to make defective
 
n
3.  obsolete an injury or defect
 
[C14: from Old French mahaignier to wound, probably of Germanic origin]
 
maimedness
 
n
 
'maimer
 
n

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maim
c.1300, from O.Fr. mahaignier, possibly from V.L. *mahanare (cf. Prov. mayanhar, It. magagnare), of unknown origin. Possibly from P.Gmc. *mait- (cf. O.N. meiða "to hurt," related to mad), or from PIE *mai- "to cut." Related: Maimed; maiming.
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Example sentences
The games reportedly maim and wound thousands of horses each year.
Members of this blogger's apparently vast audience threatened to sue me, maim
  me or get me fired.
Every at-bat is critical now, and every forsaken opportunity could tilt a game
  and help maim their season.
And, on rare occasions, rampaging bulls have been known to damage parked cars
  and maim pedestrians.
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