mutilate

verb
mu·​ti·​late | \ ˈmyü-tə-ˌlāt How to pronounce mutilate (audio) \
mutilated; mutilating

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 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.

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Other Words from mutilate

mutilator \ ˈmyü-​tə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce mutilator (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of mutilate in a Sentence

a painting mutilated by vandals was lucky not to be mutilated in the car crash
Recent Examples on the Web The killing and photos of Till’s mutilated body at his funeral shocked the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement. NBC News, "Till memorial, others taking security steps amid vandalism," 26 Nov. 2019 The killing and photos of Till’s mutilated body at his funeral shocked the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement. NBC News, "Till memorial, others taking security steps amid vandalism," 26 Nov. 2019 The fusillade mutilated Robinson’s hands and torso. Simone Weichselbaum, USA TODAY, "Some big cities pulling their police officers out of federal joint task forces," 27 Nov. 2019 To maliciously and intentionally maim, mutilate, torture, wound or kill an animal is a Class D felony on the first offense. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Federal animal cruelty penalties have been expanded. This is how Connecticut’s animal cruelty laws have worked over the last 10 years.," 27 Nov. 2019 The killing and photos of Till’s mutilated body at his funeral shocked the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement. NBC News, "Till memorial, others taking security steps amid vandalism," 26 Nov. 2019 The killing and photos of Till’s mutilated body at his funeral shocked the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement. Washington Post, "Till memorial, others taking security steps amid vandalism," 23 Nov. 2019 Choose your provider Providers: Restart Free Preview Expires in Sign In A Missouri man is accused of entering his former workplace, – an Arby’s restaurant, on Saturday and mutilating a cat in the bathroom, according to reports. Fox News, "Missouri man, former Arby’s employee, is accused of mutilating cat at restaurant: reports," 24 Oct. 2019 Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, stolen, misdirected, mutilated, returned or unclaimed prizes that are mailed or shipped to prize winner. chicagotribune.com, "Universal Orlando Resort 2019 Getaway Sweepstakes Rules," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mutilate

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mutilate

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

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The first known use of mutilate was in 1534

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10 Dec 2019

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“Mutilate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutilate?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=mutila01. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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More Definitions for mutilate

mutilate

verb
How to pronounce mutilate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mutilate

: 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

verb
mu·​ti·​late | \ ˈmyü-tə-ˌlāt How to pronounce mutilate (audio) \
mutilated; mutilating

Kids Definition of mutilate

1 : to destroy or cut off a necessary part (as a limb) : maim
2 : to ruin by damaging or changing He mutilated the book with a scissors. The actors mutilated the play.
mu·​ti·​late | \ ˈmyüt-ᵊl-ˌāt How to pronounce mutilate (audio) \
mutilated; mutilating

Medical Definition of mutilate

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

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