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

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. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
maim (meɪm)
1.  to mutilate, cripple, or disable a part of the body of (a person or animal)
2.  to make defective
3.  obsolete an injury or defect
[C14: from Old French mahaignier to wound, probably of Germanic origin]

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Word Origin & History

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
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.
Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to milk them.
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