What is another word for maim?

Pronunciation: [mˈe͡ɪm] (IPA)

Maim is a word that denotes a serious injury or disability that damages the functionality of a person's body. Synonyms for maim include disable, incapacitate, disfigure, mutilate, cripple, and deform. These words all imply an action that harms the physical body to the extent that the affected individual may be unable to lead a normal life. While the use of these words may be unsettling, they are an important part of language. Medical professionals, counselors, and advocates often use these words to describe the severity of injuries and provide accurate depictions of conditions. As a society, it is essential that we understand the realities of these significant injuries and work to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

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What are the opposite words for maim?

Maim is a verb that means to injure or disable someone or something, especially by cutting off or severely damaging body parts. Antonyms for maim could be mend, heal, repair, restore, or rejuvenate. Mending and repairing refer to fixing damages or injuries, while healing, restoring, and rejuvenating refer to improving the condition or health of someone or something. These antonyms suggest actions that undo harm, rather than inflict it. By using these opposite words, we convey the opposite meaning of maim, highlighting the positive side of aiding and nurturing life rather than damaging it.

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Usage examples for Maim

As festival rest doth that celestial estate whereof the very heathens themselves, which had not the means whereby to apprehend much, did notwithstanding imagine that it must needs consist in rest, and have therefore taught that above the highest movable sphere there is no thing which feeleth alteration, motion, or change; but all things immutable, unsubject to passion, blest with eternal continuance in a life of the highest perfection, and of that complete abundant sufficiency within itself which no possibility of want, maim, or defect, can touch.
"A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature"
George Saintsbury
Happily he had not succeeded in doing more than maim the child, and, before long, imprisonment and the bow-string put an end to his dangerous career.
"A Book of Quaker Saints"
Lucy Violet Hodgkin
I grew sick with fear, for if he were to do this thing, and maim me by it, how should I avail myself or her hereafter?
"The Shame of Motley"
Raphael Sabatini

Famous quotes with Maim

  • In football, you can always maim a person if you wanted to.
    Lawrence Taylor
  • Christ died to save this lost world; he did not come to destroy, maim or pour out wrath.
    David Wilkerson
  • In what other world is myth so harmless? Great battles kill and maim; great homers and no-hitters are pure joy or deep tragedy without practical consequence […]. Life is inherently ambiguous; baseball games pit pure good against abject evil. Even Saddam Hussein must have committed one act of kindness in his life, but what iota of good could possibly be said for aluminum bats or the designated hitter rule?
    Stephen Jay Gould
  • When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at first wishes to throw bricks at the temple, and he hates deeply the fact that there are no bricks and no temples. Any visible expression of nature would surely be pelleted with his jeers. Then, if there be no tangible thing to hoot he feels, perhaps, the desire to confront a personification and indulge in pleas, bowed to one knee, and with hands supplicant, saying: "Yes, but I love myself." A high cold star on a winter's night is the word he feels that she says to him. Thereafter he knows the pathos of his situation.
    Stephen Crane
  • This too I know—and wise it were If each could know the same— That every prison that men build Is built with bricks of shame, And bound with bars lest Christ should see How men their brothers maim.
    Oscar Wilde

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