mutilate

[myoot-l-eyt]

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.

Nearby words

  1. mutely,
  2. muteness,
  3. mutha,
  4. muti,
  5. muticous,
  6. mutilating keratoderma,
  7. mutilation,
  8. mutineer,
  9. mutinous,
  10. mutiny

Origin of mutilate

1525–35; < Latin mutilātus (past participle of mutilāre to cut off, maim), equivalent to mutil(us) maimed, mutilated + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for mutilation

mutilate

verb (tr)

to deprive of a limb, essential part, etc; maim; dismember
to mar, expurgate, or damage (a text, book, etc)
Derived Formsmutilation, nounmutilative, adjectivemutilator, noun

Word Origin for mutilate

C16: from Latin mutilāre to cut off; related to mutilus maimed

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Word Origin and History for mutilation
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Medicine definitions for mutilation

mutilation

[myōōt′l-āshən]

n.

Disfigurement or injury by removal or destruction of a conspicuous or essential part of the body.
Related formsmuti•late′ v.


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