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
  1. verb
    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
    type of:
    injure, wound
    cause injuries or bodily harm to
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