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mutilate

[ myoot-l-eyt ]
/ ˈmyut lˌeɪt /
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verb (used with object), mu·ti·lat·ed, mu·ti·lat·ing.

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.

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Origin of mutilate

1525–35; from Latin mutilātus (past participle of mutilāre “to cut off, maim”), equivalent to mutil(us) “maimed, mutilated” + -ātus-ate1
2. See maim.
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British Dictionary definitions for mutilate

mutilate
/ (ˈmjuːtɪˌleɪt) /

verb (tr)

to deprive of a limb, essential part, etc; maim; dismember
to mar, expurgate, or damage (a text, book, etc)
mutilation, nounmutilative, adjectivemutilator, noun
C16: from Latin mutilāre to cut off; related to mutilus maimed
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