- to injure, disfigure, or make imperfect by removing or irreparably damaging parts: Vandals mutilated the painting.
- to deprive (a person or animal) of a limb or other essential part.
Origin of mutilate
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Examples from the Web for mutilator
And the more appalling the mutilation, the more the mutilator is paid.The Doctor's Dilemma: Preface on Doctors
George Bernard Shaw
M. Alary, the mutilator of Don Giovanni, would surely not be encouraged to try his hand on Weber's masterpiece?History of the Opera from its Origin in Italy to the present Time
Henry Sutherland Edwards
Aretino, who had assumed the part of inquisitor and mutilator to gratify his private spite, survived triumphant.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature
John Addington Symonds
If you were Czar himself, I should not hesitate to denounce you as the tyrant and mutilator of a poor defenseless woman.The Czar's Spy
William Le Queux
At any rate, the mutilator of the friar was yielded, and in due course was hanged by the Spanish authorities.Outlines of Zui Creation Myths
Frank Hamilton Cushing
- to deprive of a limb, essential part, etc; maim; dismember
- to mar, expurgate, or damage (a text, book, etc)
Word Origin and History for mutilator
1530s, of things; 1560s, of persons; from Latin mutilatus, past participle of mutilare "to cut off, lop off, cut short; maim, mutilate," from mutilus "maimed" (see mutilation). Technically, to deprive of some principal part, especially by cutting off. Related: Mutilated; mutilating.