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mutilate

[ myoot-l-eyt ]
/ 藞myut l藢e瑟t /
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verb (used with object), mu路ti路lat路ed, mu路ti路lat路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鈥35; from Latin mutil膩tus (past participle of mutil膩re 鈥渢o cut off, maim鈥), equivalent to mutil(us) 鈥渕aimed, mutilated鈥 + -膩tus-ate1

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2. See maim.

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British Dictionary definitions for mutilate

mutilate
/ (藞mju藧t瑟藢le瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to deprive of a limb, essential part, etc; maim; dismember
to mar, expurgate, or damage (a text, book, etc)

Derived forms of mutilate

mutilation, nounmutilative, adjectivemutilator, noun

Word Origin for mutilate

C16: from Latin mutil膩re to cut off; related to mutilus maimed
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