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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 for maiming
  • Those that remain menace civilians for decades, maiming, killing and blighting livelihoods.
  • Researchers report that the torture, maiming, or killing of animals is a precursor to more serious forms of violence.
  • They detonate without warning, killing and maiming tens of thousands of civilians as well as thousands of soldiers.
  • If somebody doesn't pay their debts because they're broke, maiming them isn't going to put cash in your bank account.
  • The first strike smashed the starboard rail, killing or maiming nine marines.
  • My main objection to war is all the killing and maiming, the deprivation and suffering.
  • Wars end, but these buried destroyers go on killing and maiming for decades.
  • So here's the joke that is repeated throughout the film: for all of these people, killing or maiming is simply business.
  • Makeshift cookers also catch fire easily, maiming and killing.
  • In earlier civilizations, branding and even maiming were used to mark the criminal for what he was.
British Dictionary definitions for maiming

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 maiming
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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