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
Text and photographs had been removed from the sign, similar to the destruction of another sign by the river where Till’s lynched, mutilated body was found.
The cover, by Chaykin, features a Pakistani man hanging by a noose, with his genitalia exposed and mutilated, and a name badge pinned to his chest bearing a racial epithet.
Bryant's husband and another man allegedly abducted the 14-year-old, beat and mutilated him, tied him to a 75-pound cotton gin fan and threw him in the Tallahatchie River.
At least two pregnant women were sliced open and their fetuses mutilated.
India’s batting lineup, evoking a gruesome, highly sensitive issue in which India has accused Pakistan of mutilating and beheading the corpses of Indian border troops.
A 13-year-old city boy was arrested Monday shortly after someone posted a gruesome video to Facebook showing him killing and mutilating a rabbit, police said.
The damage caused by the processes of extraction fans out across most of a hemisphere, mutilating lives, human communities and natural ecosystems beyond ready numbering.
The scream was especially important, Morano says, as a sign that Ofglen will not be defeated, despite being mutilated.
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Origin and Etymology of mutilate
Latin mutilatus, past participle of mutilare, from mutilus truncated, maimed
First Known Use: 1534See Words from the same year
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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