verb (used with object), mu·ti·lat·ed, mu·ti·lat·ing.
Origin of mutilate
Synonyms for mutilate
Examples from the Web for self-mutilation
Historical Examples of self-mutilation
Some species, too, have the peculiar habit of self-mutilation.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
This self-mutilation is believed to produce the desired result.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
XI, recounts Pomponio's self-mutilation in order to effect his escape.Old Mission Stories of California
Charles Franklin Carter
There are some sacrifices which partake of the nature of self-mutilation.Diana Tempest, Volume III (of 3)
Obscure Greek cults practised similar disciplines even to the extent of self-mutilation.A Short History of the World
H. G. Wells
Word Origin 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.