Definition of maim in English:
- And I don't think any player goes on the field to deliberately hurt or maim someone.
- The last thing I needed was to be maimed by a wild animal two hours before my birthday.
- He then claims he will permanently maim the younger man - one fears the worst - but, in fact, does no such thing.
Middle English: from Old French mahaignier, of unknown origin.
mayhem from (early 16th century):
Between the 15th and 19th centuries mayhem was a crime which involved maiming a person so that they could no longer defend themselves. In origin the word is a form of maim (Middle English), which came through French but whose ultimate origin is unknown. The modern sense ‘violent or extreme disorder’ originated in the USA in the 19th century.
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