verb (used with object), mu·ti·lat·ed, mu·ti·lat·ing.
Origin of mutilate
Examples from the Web for mutilate
And this one the Sarcar has sent among us to mutilate, kill, and rob us of our comforts and rights.Banked Fires|E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
Piercing the ears excepted, the Florida Indians do not now mutilate their bodies for beautys sake.The Seminole Indians of Florida|Clay MacCauley
To isolate them is to mutilate, and sometimes to extinguish them.Fundamental Philosophy, Vol. I (of 2)|Jaime Luciano Balmes
The rule is that the mistake in spelling must not mutilate the word beyond easy recognition.The Measurement of Intelligence|Lewis Madison Terman
But if you mutilate its roots, or expose them, you need not expect any flowers from the plant for a season or two.Amateur Gardencraft|Eben E. Rexford
British Dictionary definitions for mutilate
Word Origin for mutilate
Word Origin and History for mutilate
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.