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.
a physical injury, especially a loss of a limb.
an injury or defect; blemish; lack.
Origin: 1250–1300;Middle Englishmayme, variant of mahaymemayhem
re·maim, verb (used with object)
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.
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.