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

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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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