Definition of mutilate in English:

mutilate

Line breaks: mu¦ti|late
Pronunciation: /ˈmjuːtɪleɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Inflict a violent and disfiguring injury on: most of the prisoners had been mutilated
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    • When the sisters' father went to the morgue to check, he found his daughter had not only been killed, but her body had been horrifically mutilated.
    • Identification was proving difficult because some of the bodies were severely mutilated.
    • He is one of Scotland's most revered monarchs yet his body was mutilated and his head used as a football by the English foe.
    Synonyms
    mangle, maim, disfigure, cut to pieces, cut up, hack up, butcher, dismember, tear limb from limb, tear apart, lacerate
  • 1.1Inflict serious damage on: the fine carved screen was mutilated in the 18th century
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    • Were the images destroyed, desecrated or mutilated because they were potent or impotent?
    • Although badly mutilated by quarrying, some of the defences can still be traced, especially on the north and north-west sides.
    Synonyms
    vandalize, damage, deface, spoil, mar, ruin, destroy, wreck, violate, desecrate
    North American informal trash
    rare disfeature

Derivatives

mutilator

noun
More example sentences
  • A good start at rectifying the situation would be the swift arrest and visible punishment of those responsible for the massacre, including the mutilators caught on film.
  • In addition to the family of cannibalistic mutilators, there is a whole bunch of weird-looking people in the basement, doing medical experiments on mutants.
  • Just like self - mutilators cannot stop cutting, I couldn't stop starving myself or binging and purging.

Origin

early 16th century: from Latin mutilat- 'maimed, mutilated, lopped off', from the verb mutilare, from mutilus 'maimed'.

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