maim
maim /'mām/ vt: to mutilate, disfigure, or wound seriously compare mayhem

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

maim
I verb cripple, damage, deface, disable, hobble, hurt, impair, incapacitate, injure, lame, make useless, mutilate, wound II index damage, disable, harm, mutilate, prejudice (injure)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


maim
v.
To injure so as to cause permanent damage to some part of the body; to cripple someone.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


maim
To inflict serious bodily injury, including mutilation, disfigurement, or any harm that limits the victim's ability to function physically. Originally, in English common law it meant to cut off or permanently cripple a part of the body such as an arm, leg, hand, or foot. In criminal law, such serious harm can turn an ordinary assault into an aggravated assault.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

maim
v.
   to inflict a serious bodily injury, including mutilation or any harm which limits the victim's ability to function physically. Originally, in English common law it meant to cut off or permanently cripple a body part like an arm, leg, hand or foot. In criminal law, such serious harm becomes an "aggravated" assault, which is a felony subject to a prison term.
   See also: mayhem

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Maim — Maim, n. [Written in law language {maihem}, and {mayhem}.] [OF. mehaing. See {Maim}, v.] 1. The privation of the use of a limb or member of the body, by which one is rendered less able to defend himself or to annoy his adversary. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maim — maim, cripple, mutilate, batter, mangle are comparable when they mean to injure the body or an object so severely as to leave permanent or long lasting effects. Maim implies the loss of a limb or member or the destruction of its usefulness… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Maim — (m[=a]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Maimed} (m[=a]md);p. pr. & vb. n. {Maiming}.] [OE. maimen, OF. mahaignier, mehaignier, meshaignier, cf. It. magagnare, LL. mahemiare, mahennare; perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Armor. mac ha[ n]a to mutilate, m[=a]c ha… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maim — [meım] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: maynier] to wound or injure someone very seriously and often permanently ▪ Landmines still kill or maim about 300 people every month …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • maim — maim·er; maim; …   English syllables

  • maim — [mām] vt. [ME maymen < OFr mahaigner, mayner] to deprive of the use of some necessary part of the body; cripple; mutilate; disable n. [ME mayme, maheym < OFr mahaing, main] Obs. an injury causing the loss or crippling of some necessary part …   English World dictionary

  • maim — [ meım ] verb transitive to injure someone seriously, especially permanently: The boy had been maimed in a train wreck …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • maim — (v.) c.1300, maimen, from O.Fr. mahaignier injure, wound, muitilate, cripple, disarm, possibly from V.L. *mahanare (Cf. Prov. mayanhar, It. magagnare), of unknown origin; or possibly from a Germanic source, from P.Gmc. *mait (Cf. O.N. meiða to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • maim — [v] cripple, put out of action batter, blemish, break, castrate, crush, damage, deface, disable, disfigure, dismember, disqualify, gimp*, hack, hamstring*, harm, hog tie*, hurt, impair, incapacitate, injure, lame, mangle, mar, massacre, maul,… …   New thesaurus

  • maim — ► VERB ▪ wound or injure (someone) so that part of the body is permanently damaged. ORIGIN Old French mahaignier …   English terms dictionary

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