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Maim


MAIM, verb transitive

1. To deprive of the use of a limb, so as to render a person less able to defend himself in fighting, or to annoy his adversary.

2. To deprive of a necessary part; to cripple; to disable.

You maim'd the jurisdiction of all bishops.

MAIM, noun [written in law-language, mayhem.]

1. The privation of the use of a limb or member of the body, so as to render the sufferer less able to defend himself or to annoy his adversary.

2. The privation of any necessary part; a crippling.

Surely there is more cause to fear lest the want thereof be a maim than the use of it a blemish.

3. Injury; mischief.

4. Essential defect.

A noble author esteems it to be a maim in history. [Not used.]