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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
cripple (noun)
1.
a) sometimes offensive a lame or partly disabled person or animal
b) one that is disabled or deficient in a specified manner - a social cripple
2.
something flawed or imperfect
cripple (adjective)
being lame, flawed, or imperfect
cripple (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to deprive of the use of a limb and especially a leg - the accident left him crippled
2.
to deprive of capability for service or of strength, efficiency, or wholeness - an economy crippled by inflation maim, weaken
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
cripple (verb)
1.
to cause severe or permanent injury to
SYNONIMS:
cripple, disable, incapacitate, lame, mutilate
RELATED WORDS:
dismember, hamstring, hobble, paralyze; batter, bruise, bung up, mangle, maul, rough (up); gore, lacerate, wing, wound; disfigure, scar; kneecap; break, damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure; bash, beat, belt, bludgeon, buffet, drub, hammer, lace, lambaste ( lambast), lick, paste, pelt, pommel, pound, pummel, thump; bang, box, hit, punch, slap, smack, smash, sock, spank, swat, swipe, thrash, thwack, whack; flog, lash, wallop, whip; kill, murder; torment, torture
NEAR ANTONYMS:
cure, heal, rehabilitate, remedy; doctor, fix, mend, patch; rejuvenate, renew, repair, restore
cripple (verb)
2.
to reduce the soundness, effectiveness, or perfection of
SYNONIMS:
blemish, bloody, break, compromise, crab, cripple, cross (up), deface, disfigure, endamage, flaw, harm, hurt, impair, injure, mar, spoil, vitiate
RELATED WORDS:
deteriorate, enervate, enfeeble, undermine, weaken; erode, scour, wash out, wear (away); blight, tarnish; dent, ding, dint; botch, gum (up), queer; lacerate, wound; disable, hamstring, lame, maim, mangle, mutilate, torment, torture; annihilate, bang up, bash, batter, clobber, crush, dash, decimate, demolish, desolate, destroy, devastate, do in, pulverize, raze, ruin, scourge, shatter, smash, tear down, total, waste, wipe out, wreck
NEAR ANTONYMS:
cure, heal, help, rectify, rehabilitate, remedy; edit, remodel, revise; ameliorate, better, enhance, enrich, improve, meliorate, perfect, refine
doctor, fix, mend, patch, rebuild, recondition, reconstruct, renovate, repair, revamp
cripple (verb)
3.
to render powerless, ineffective, or unable to move
SYNONIMS:
cripple, disable, hamstring, immobilize, incapacitate, prostrate
RELATED WORDS:
attenuate, debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, sap, tire, undercut, undermine, weaken; hobble, lame; maim, mutilate; knock out
NEAR ANTONYMS:
energize, galvanize, invigorate, vitalize; fortify, strengthen; empower; freshen, refresh, refreshen, regenerate, rejuvenate, restore, revitalize, revive
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