mutilate

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mu·ti·late

verb \ˈmyü-tə-ˌlāt\

: to cause severe damage to (the body of a person or animal)

: to ruin the beauty of (something) : to severely damage or spoil (something)

mu·ti·lat·edmu·ti·lat·ing

Full Definition of MUTILATE

transitive verb
1
:  to cut up or alter radically so as to make imperfect <the child mutilated the book with his scissors>
2
:  to cut off or permanently destroy a limb or essential part of :  cripple
mu·ti·la·tion \ˌmyü-tə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
mu·ti·la·tor \ˈmyü-tə-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of MUTILATE

  1. a painting mutilated by vandals
  2. <was lucky not to be mutilated in the car crash>

Origin of MUTILATE

Latin mutilatus, past participle of mutilare, from mutilus truncated, maimed
First Known Use: 1534

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mu·ti·late

transitive verb \ˈmyüt-əl-ˌāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
mu·ti·lat·edmu·ti·lat·ing

Medical Definition of MUTILATE

: to cut off or permanently destroy a limb or essential part of <mutilate a body>; also : castrate 1

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