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maim

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Pronunciation: /meɪm
 
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Definition of maim in English:

verb

[with object]
Wound or injure (a person or animal) so that part of the body is permanently damaged: 100,000 soldiers were killed or maimed
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
injure, wound, hurt, disable, put out of action, incapacitate, impair, mar, mutilate, lacerate, disfigure, deform, mangle

Origin

Middle English: from Old French mahaignier, of unknown origin.

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