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maim

[meym] /meɪm/
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
1250-1300; Middle English mayme, variant of mahayme mayhem
Related forms
maimedness, noun
maimer, noun
remaim, verb (used with object)
self-maimed, adjective
unmaimed, adjective
Can be confused
maim, mayhem (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
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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Examples from the web for maimed
  • Reports of children permanently injured or maimed by fireworks are all too common and totally preventable.
  • Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to milk them.
  • Many are killed by rural residents and poachers or maimed by snake charmers.
  • Many of the friends he has made are in prison, maimed or dead.
  • He said the animals were not maimed during the research.
  • In practice, many civilians are killed or maimed or dislocated.
  • Subordinate males being maimed by the leading females was not uncommon.
  • Tens of thousands have been horribly maimed and burned.
  • They would soon return, to a maimed city, in a changed world.
  • It was bigger than the others, and less nimble-maimed, perhaps.
British Dictionary definitions for maimed

maim

/meɪm/
verb (transitive)
1.
to mutilate, cripple, or disable a part of the body of (a person or animal)
2.
to make defective
noun
3.
(obsolete) an injury or defect
Derived Forms
maimedness (ˈmeɪmɪdnɪs) noun
maimer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French mahaignier to wound, probably of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for maimed

maim

v.

c.1300, maimen, from Old French mahaignier "injure, wound, muitilate, cripple, disarm," possibly from Vulgar Latin *mahanare (cf. Provençal mayanhar, Italian magagnare), of unknown origin; or possibly from a Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *mait- (cf. Old Norse meiða "to hurt," related to mad (adj.)), or from PIE root *mai- "to cut." Related: Maimed; maiming.

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