Definition of mutilate
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
2 : to cut off or permanently destroy a limb or essential part of : cripple His arm was mutilated in the accident.
mutilationplay \ˌmyü-tə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
mutilatorplay \ˈmyü-tə-ˌlā-tər\ noun
Examples of mutilate in a Sentence
a painting mutilated by vandals
was lucky not to be mutilated in the car crash
Recent Examples of mutilate from the Web
After Till was abducted, beaten, and mutilated by two white men, his mother insisted on an open casket at her son’s funeral to show the barbarism of his killing.
At one point, Muslims were stoned to death with rocks by mobs in the street, at times decapitated and mutilated.
She’d been strangled, her left breast sliced away and her body mutilated by cuts.
Villagers described woman, children, and elderly shot at close range, their bodies mutilated.
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Origin and Etymology of mutilate
Latin mutilatus, past participle of mutilare, from mutilus truncated, maimed
First Known Use: 1534
Synonym Discussion of mutilate
MUTILATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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