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cripple

crip·ple

cripple

 
pronunciation:
krI pl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: (old-fashioned, sometimes offensive) a person or animal that is lame or otherwise physically impaired.
The horse became a cripple after losing one of its legs.
similar words:
amputee, invalid, paralytic, paraplegic
definition 2: (old-fashioned, sometimes offensive) a person who is mentally or emotionally disabled or impaired.
Not being able to answer any of the test questions made me feel like a mental cripple.
synonyms:
retardate
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: crippled, cripples, crippling
definition 1: to cause lameness or disability in.
The car accident crippled him for life.
synonyms:
disable, incapacitate, lame, maim
similar words:
damage, debilitate, deform, devitalize, enervate, hamstring, hurt, mangle, mutilate, paralyze
definition 2: to damage or impair.
Competition with the chain store that moved into town crippled their business.The intense flooding crippled the city.
synonyms:
damage, disable, impair, maim, paralyze
similar words:
debilitate, destroy, enervate, harm, injure, ruin, weaken
derivation: crippler (n.)
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