verb (used with object), mu·ti·lat·ed, mu·ti·lat·ing.
- mutilating keratoderma,
Origin of mutilate
Examples from the Web for mutilation
The young woman says she is still suffering from psychological damage as a result of the mutilation.
Click on Surfer Rosa or Doolittle or the Wave of Mutilation compilation.The Pixies Talk About Their Reunion, New Music and a Missing Band Member|Andrew Romano|September 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Doctors said that the wounded director is deeply depressed about the mutilation.
You may question me at anytime; but foolish or impertinent questions can be punished by mutilation or death.The Status Civilization|Robert Sheckley
But there are natural conditions of organization, and we must not mistake every mutilation for the creation of a new form.The Sense of Beauty|George Santayana
A better example could hardly be given than Grote's account of the mutilation of the Hermæ.Gibbon|James Cotter Morison
Tiny mentioned this mutilation quite casually—didn't seem sensitive about it.My Antonia|Willa Cather
Among slaves perjury was punished by mutilation and whipping.
Word Origin for mutilate
1520s, in Scots law, "act of disabling or wounding a limb," from Middle French mutilation and directly from Late Latin mutilationem (nominative mutilatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin mutilare "to cut or lop off," from mutilus "maimed," which perhaps is cognate with Greek mytilos "hornless." Of things, "a destroying of unity by damaging or removing a part," from 1630s.
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.