Definition of mutilation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmjuːt(ɪ)ˈleɪʃn/


[mass noun]
1The action of mutilating or being mutilated: a culture which found any mutilation of the body abhorrent [count noun]: there were fatalities and appalling mutilations
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  • Scientists from a foreign power could be involved, performing the mutilations for analysis.
  • Mutilation was used throughout medieval and early-modern Europe to inscribe punishment publicly upon the body.
  • Their reasoning is that some local societies follow practices that violate human rights, such as female genital mutilation and other violations of the right against gender discrimination.
maiming, disfigurement, dismembering;
damage, vandalization, desecration
1.1The infliction of serious damage on something: the proposed mutilation of City Hall by our own councillors
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  • The initial authors of a report may often object to the mutilation of their manuscript.
  • He was indignant about the mutilation of the cable and wanted to make a complaint about it right away.
  • As this passage indicates, the white supremacist denial of black success effects a symbolic decapitation, or, more properly, psychological mutilation.

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