Part of speech:
(Like "eat," "try," and "want," all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you maim something or someone.)
To maim things or people is to damage them so badly that they're injured permanently or made useless.
maimedness (not recommended, as it sounds awkward,) maimed, maiming
How to use it:
For the literal meaning, talk about something or someone maiming people or things: "The car accident maimed the poor dog." "The forest was utterly maimed by the fire."
Figuratively, describe something as maimed (often by something) when it's been so damaged that it doesn't even function anymore: a proposal maimed by terrible revisions, a relationship maimed by an affair, an investment plan maimed by sharp downturns in the market, and so on.
In fiction, a maimed body often represents a character deficit. You might remember the story of Johnny Tremain? His hand got maimed early on in the book, and the author draws parallels between the useless hand and Johnny's off-putting and boastful attitude.
My mom taught me to be careful with people's feelings, which can be easily maimed by thoughtlessly critical words.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "maim" means when you can explain it without saying "injure" or "disfigure."
Think of a thing or place that has been badly ruined by something, and fill in the blanks: "It's such a shame how _____ was/is/gets maimed by _____."
Example: "It's such a shame how a child's interest in reading for fun gets maimed by dull required reading at school."
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1. The opposite of MAIM is
2. Her confidence was maimed by _____.
A. reports of her middling approval ratings
B. consistent support from more and more interest groups
C. an incisive and truthful report that lay bare all of her flaws
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