mutilate


mutilate
UK [ˈmjuːtɪleɪt] / US [ˈmjut(ə)lˌeɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "mutilate":
present tense I/you/we/they mutilate he/she/it mutilates present participle mutilating past tense mutilated past participle mutilated
a) to damage someone's body permanently by cutting it or removing part of it

Many of the bodies had been badly burned or mutilated.

b) to damage something seriously, or to spoil it completely, especially by removing part of it

The painting had been badly mutilated by vandals.


Derived word:
mutilation
UK [ˌmjuːtɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n] / US [ˌmjut(ə)lˈeɪʃ(ə)n] noun countable/uncountable
Word forms "mutilation":
singular mutilation plural mutilations

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Mutilate — Mu ti*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mutilated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mutilating}.] 1. To cut off or remove a limb or essential part of; to maim; to cripple; to disfigure; to hack; as, to mutilate the body, a statue, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. To destroy or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mutilate — [myo͞ot′ l āt΄] vt. mutilated, mutilating [< L mutilatus, pp. of mutilare, to maim, mutilate < mutilus, maimed; akin to Ir mut, short] 1. to cut off or damage a limb or other important part of (a person or animal) 2. to damage, injure, or… …   English World dictionary

  • Mutilate — Mu ti*late, a. [L. mutilatus, p. p. of mutilare to mutilate, fr. mutilus maimed; cf. Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Mutton}.] 1. Deprived of, or having lost, an important part; mutilated. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Having finlike appendages or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mutilate — I verb amputate, batter, blemish, bruise, butcher, cripple, cut, damage, debilitate, deface, deform, deprive of an important part, disable, disfigure, dismantle, dismember, distort, gash, impair, incapacitate, injure, knock out of shape, lacerate …   Law dictionary

  • mutilate — (v.) 1530s, of things; 1560s, of persons; from L. mutilatus, pp. of mutilare to cut off, lop off, cut short; maim, mutilate, from mutilus maimed (see MUTILATION (Cf. mutilation)). Technically, to deprive of some principal part, especially by… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Mutilate — Mu ti*late, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A cetacean, or a sirenian. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mutilate — 1 *maim, cripple, batter, mangle Analogous words: injure, damage, hurt, spoil, mar: disfigure, *deface 2 *sterilize, castrate, spay, emasculate, alter, geld, caponize …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mutilate — [v] maim, damage adulterate, amputate, batter, bowdlerize, butcher, cripple, crush, cut to pieces, cut up, deface, disable, disfigure, dismember, distort, expurgate, hack*, hash up*, hurt, injure, lacerate, lame, mangle, mar, mess up*, ravage,… …   New thesaurus

  • mutilate — ► VERB 1) inflict a violent and disfiguring injury on (someone). 2) inflict serious damage on (something). DERIVATIVES mutilation noun mutilator noun. ORIGIN Latin mutilare maim …   English terms dictionary

  • mutilate — mu·ti·late myüt əl .āt vt, lat·ed; lat·ing to cut off or permanently destroy a limb or essential part of <mutilate a body> also CASTRATE (1) …   Medical dictionary


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