To maim something is to disfigure it through force or violence. Wartime battles have a tendency to maim soldiers.

The verb maim is related to mayhem, which, historically, was the act of hurting another person so badly that they couldn’t defend themselves. To maim a person or animal, even if it’s an accident, is to render them defenseless or disfigured, and it frequently includes the loss of a limb. The goal of driving defensively is to avoid an accident that could maim you, your passengers, or other people on the road.

Definitions of maim

v injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation

“people were maimed by the explosion”
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mar, mutilate
destroy or injure severely
cripple, lame
deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg
cripple by cutting the hamstring
force out, gouge
force with the thumb
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injure, wound
cause injuries or bodily harm to

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