mutilate

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verb mu·ti·late \ˈmyü-tə-ˌlāt\

Definition of mutilate

mutilated

;

mutilating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cut up or alter radically so as to make imperfect <the child mutilated the book with his scissors> <a painting mutilated by vandals>

  3. 2 :  to cut off or permanently destroy a limb or essential part of :  cripple <His arm was mutilated in the accident.>

mutilation

play \ˌmyü-tə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

mutilator

play \ˈmyü-tə-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of mutilate in a sentence

  1. a painting mutilated by vandals

  2. <was lucky not to be mutilated in the car crash>

Origin and Etymology of mutilate

Latin mutilatus, past participle of mutilare, from mutilus truncated, maimed


First Known Use: 1534

Synonym Discussion of mutilate

maim, cripple, mutilate, batter, mangle mean to injure so severely as to cause lasting damage. maim implies the loss or injury of a bodily member through violence <maimed by a shark>. cripple implies the loss or serious impairment of an arm or leg <crippled for life in an accident>. mutilate implies the cutting off or removal of an essential part of a person or thing thereby impairing its completeness, beauty, or function <a tree mutilated by inept pruning>. batter implies a series of blows that bruise deeply, deform, or mutilate <an old ship battered by fierce storms>. mangle implies a tearing or crushing that leaves deep wounds <a soldier's leg mangled by shrapnel>.

MUTILATE Defined for English Language Learners

mutilate

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verb mu·ti·late \ˈmyü-tə-ˌlāt\

Definition of mutilate for English Language Learners

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

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


MUTILATE Defined for Kids

mutilate

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verb mu·ti·late \ˈmyü-tə-ˌlāt\

Definition of mutilate for Students

mutilated

mutilating

  1. 1 :  to destroy or cut off a necessary part (as a limb) :  maim

  2. 2 :  to ruin by damaging or changing <He mutilated the book with a scissors.> <The actors mutilated the play.>


Medical Dictionary

mutilate

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transitive verb mu·ti·late \ˈmyüt-əl-ˌāt\

Medical Definition of mutilate

mutilated

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mutilating

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



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