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    maim

    Dear teachers,

    Would you help to me to make the proper choice of the meaning of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    A cold-hearted terrorist and an international gun-for-hire, he takes pleasure in killing and maiming people in the Middle East and Europe.

    By the ancient law of England he that maimed any man whereby he lost any part of his body, was sentenced to lose the like part.

    The bodies are reported to have been mutilated beyond recognition.

    Some argue, too, that the play had been mutilated by the censors, who cut the sub-plot.

    maim = mutilate

    mutilate = (fig.) distort the sense

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V

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    Re: maim

    By the ancient law of England he that maimed any man whereby he lost any part of his body, was sentenced to lose the like part.
    lex talionis

    IS "talionis" the root of retaliate?

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    Re: maim

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    lex talionis

    IS "talionis" the root of retaliate?
    I didn't know the expression, thanks. The following link says "retaliate" comes from Latin "talio". "Talionis" is the genitive form.

    retaliate - definition of retaliate by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: maim

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you help to me to make the proper choice of the meaning of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    A cold-hearted terrorist and an international gun-for-hire, he takes pleasure in killing and maiming people in the Middle East and Europe.

    By the ancient law of England he that maimed any man whereby he lost any part of his body, was sentenced to lose the like part.

    The bodies are reported to have been mutilated beyond recognition.

    Some argue, too, that the play had been mutilated by the censors, who cut the sub-plot.

    maim = mutilate

    mutilate = (fig.) distort the sense

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    I'm not sure why that evidence leads you to that conclusion Maiming involves mutilation, but that doesn't make the two equal. (They sometimes refer to the same thing though. )

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