Definition of mutilate
- the child mutilated the book with his scissors
- a painting mutilated by vandals
- His arm was mutilated in the accident.
a painting mutilated by vandals
was lucky not to be mutilated in the car crash
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First Known Use: 1534See Words from the same year
: to cause severe damage to (the body of a person or animal)
: to ruin the beauty of (something) : to severely damage or spoil (something)
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