Definition of mutilate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmyo͞odlˌāt/


[with object] (usually be mutilated)
1Inflict a violent and disfiguring injury on: the leg was badly mutilated (as adjective mutilated) mutilated bodies
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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.
mangle, maim, disfigure, butcher, dismember;
1.1Inflict serious damage on: the 14th-century church had been partly 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌmyo͞od(ə)lˈādər/
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.


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

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Syllabification: mu·ti·late

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