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maim

[ meym ]
/ meɪm /
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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.

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Origin of maim

1250–1300; Middle English mayme, variant of mahaymemayhem
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.
maim , mayhem (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for maim

maim
/ (meɪm) /

verb (tr)

to mutilate, cripple, or disable a part of the body of (a person or animal)
to make defective

noun

obsolete an injury or defect
maimedness (ˈmeɪmɪdnɪs), nounmaimer, noun
C14: from Old French mahaignier to wound, probably of Germanic origin
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