Definition of mutilation in English:


Syllabification: mu·ti·la·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌmyo͞otlˈāSHən


  • 1The action of mutilating or being mutilated: a culture which found any mutilation of the body abhorrent 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.
  • 1.1The infliction of serious damage on something: the mutilation of the English language
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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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