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Below you will find the definition of maim, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation
EXAMPLES - Maim in a Sentence
- Meanwhile, U.S. drone strikes kill and maim many hundreds of Pakistanis. (source)
- Troops were sent to shoot, hang or maim a considerable number of the rebels. (source)
- The prudent course is to avoid giving Islamofascists an excuse to kill or maim them. (source)
- And they know that if they maim or kill my brother, then they will have to deal with me. (source)
- And I had never heard of a Mueller striking a foreigner without the intent to kill or maim. (source)
- In the ring he struck to hurt, struck to maim, struck to destroy; but there was no animus in it. (source)
- Its allies may send bombs to crush your houses and foul your fields and maim or kill your children. (source)
- Did you know that poorly-performed cover tunes kill or maim more people each year than drunken drivers? (source)
- It was a scientific beating, skillfully engineered to inflict bruising pain, but not to disable or maim. (source)
- While we're at it, why not investigate the areas in which inadequate regulation allows firms to maim and kill. (source)
- Angelina Jolie and Catherine Zeta-Jones are rumoured to be ready to maim one another's children to play Taylor. (source)
- I hate when the cats only maim them, in order for more lengthy play, and then I have to deliver the coup de grace. (source)
- District Court in Newark on Monday on charges of conspiring to kill, maim and kidnap people outside the United States. (source)
- They were still mulling over her fate; they might kill her, or they might merely maim her, depending on their judgment. (source)
- Because somebody shoots at you thousands of time and happens to miss, hit an eye, maim you ... etc.. doesn't make it right. (source)
- Glenn is more like the snake oil salesman who asks for a pretty young volunteer, only to maim them for life with his product. (source)
- He and others allegedly conspired to kill, maim or injure people outside the U.S. and traveled overseas in an effort to wage jihad. (source)
- U.S. Judge Madeline Arleo asked if they understood the charge against them: conspiracy to kill, maim and kidnap people outside the U.S. (source)
- INUWA YUNUS, NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD STUDENT (through translator): If they told you they provoke me, they kill my brothers, they maim my people. (source)
- District Court in New Jersey on Monday and are expected to face charges of conspiring to kill, maim and kidnap persons outside the United States. (source)
- District Court in New Jersey on Monday where they are expected to face charges of conspiring to kill, maim, and kidnap persons outside the United States. (source)
- In June, the Security Council expressed its "readiness" to impose targeted sanctions against people who recruit, sexually abuse, maim and kill children in war. (source)
- Every year they hook, maim and kill hundreds of thousands of unintended victims -- called "bycatch" -- including turtles, seabirds, whales, sharks, and dolphins. (source)
- My point is that continuing to kill, maim and destroy on a breathtakingly large scale without accountability is a prescription for injustice followed by retribution. (source)
- The two men in question -- Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte -- have since been charged with conspiring to kill, maim and kidnap people outside the U.S. (source)
- Blinded by fury, their lives are now dictated by bloodthirsty vengeance as they slash, maim and kill their way up the shadowy network of warlords responsible for setting them up. (source)
- Do we dare investigate whether there is a politicization element in the motive or goal of the guy who planted the bomb at the Jacksonville mosque with the intent to maim and kill? (source)
- They are charged with conspiring to kill, maim and kidnap persons outside the United States by joining al-Shabab, a group designated by the U.S. in 2008 as a terrorist organization. (source)
- Knowing smiles would break out when she would advise Bush not to "keep threatening war every day" or ask of Gibbs, "We go in to kill and maim and send drones -- is that Christianity?" (source)
- Caplan has said that the only possible justification for allowing someone to decide to "maim" themselves is if "the donor chooses to undergo the harm of surgery solely to help another." (source)
- He's been indicted for providing material support to terrorists -- one count of conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim or injure a foreign country and two counts of providing false statements. (source)
- In dissent, Justice Samuel Alito said that the court's ruling would frustrate congressional intent and "maim" a law that was enacted as an important defense against organized criminal enterprises. (source)
- That is why a human being who has no connection with his true "humanity," as viewed through the lens of hope, inner meaning and purpose in life, can kill, rape, and maim, almost without conscience. (source)
- Page 146 enough at first to 'maim' and 'disable' him, and now exasperated by being obliged to pay his full value to the master, and to have, in addition, the daily care and expense of his maintenance. (source)
- Federal authorities made their first arrest in the case, charging Salah Osman Ahmed and Abdifatah Yusuf Isse with providing material support to terrorists and conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim or injure people overseas. (source)
- The forecasters have thrown away terms like minimal, moderate and extensive damage and now starkly warn that even the most modest hurricanes can savagely dismantle mobile homes, shatter windows, rip off roofs, kill and maim. (source)
- The evening of April 9, Nasser told Byroade that complying with a cease-fire would be difficult because he had sent Fedayeen commandos into Israel with orders to kill and maim a number of Israelis equivalent to the Egyptian casualties in Gaza. (source)
- What but butchery by piecemeal can, under such circumstances, be expected from a man brutal enough at first to 'maim' and 'disable' him, and now exasperated by being obliged to pay his full value to the master, and to have, in addition, the daily care and expense of his maintenance. (source)
- But unlike IEDs, which routinely and purposefully kill and maim those caught in their path, divorce does not have to destroy a child's life; it does not have to destroy their sense of safety, their relationships to either parent, or their chance for a happy, contented childhood or successful adulthood. (source)
- The United Nation's International Labor Organization and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which strive to free slaves and provide them with medical care and other services, have documented numerous cases where human traffickers and slave owners beat, maim, rape, and even kill slaves who try to escape. (source)
- This perception has been compounded by US silence, and worse US complicity, in Israel's raids and siege in Gaza and in the month long bombardment that destroyed Lebanese infrastructure (like Gaza's), and left 1300 dead, scores wounded and a minefield of unexploded cluster bomblets to maim many after the war. (source)
- As military adventures kill, maim and destroy lives, they create, nurture and build animosities and "alliances" among most unlikely allies, such as a young rich Nigerian that studies in London, a Jordanian doctor that studies in Turkey and an Arab-American soldier trained by the Pentagon, all whom were ready to die to hurt America. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 53.0, which suggests that "maim" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 31 synonyms for maim.
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, mayhem, mutilate, spoil, truncate, warp, wound
We have 15 antonyms for maim.
adorn, aid, allow, assist, beautify, cure, decorate, embellish, fix, heal, help, improve, mend, ornament, repair
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of maim from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To disable or disfigure, usually by depriving of the use of a limb or other part of the body. See Synonyms at batter1.
- (verb-transitive) To make imperfect or defective; impair.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To wound seriously; to cause permanent loss of function of a limb or part of the body.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To deprive of the use of a limb, so as to render a person in fighting less able either to defend himself or to annoy his adversary.
- (verb-transitive) To mutilate; to cripple; to injure; to disable; to impair.
- (noun) 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.
- (noun) The privation of any necessary part; a crippling; mutilation; injury; deprivation of something essential. See Mayhem.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To disable by wounding or mutilation; deprive of, or of the use of, a necessary constituent part, as of the body, or, figuratively, of anything; in old law, 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; mutilate. See mayhem.
- (None) Synonyms Mangle, etc. See mutilate.
- (noun) A disabling wound or mutilation: the deprivation of a necessary part, or of the use of it, as a limb; a crippling, or that which cripples; in old law, deprivation by injury or removal of the use of some member serviceable in fight or for self-protection.
- (noun) See the quotation, and mayhem.
- (noun) A hurt or wound in general; an injury.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation