transitive verbmutilated, mutilating
- to cut off or damage a limb or other important part of (a person or animal)
- to damage, injure, or otherwise mar, esp. by removing an essential part or parts: to mutilate a book by censorship
Origin of mutilate; from Classical Latin mutilatus, past participle of mutilare, to maim, mutilate ; from mutilus, maimed; akin to Irish mut, short
transitive verbmu·ti·lat·ed, mu·ti·lat·ing, mu·ti·lates
- To injure severely or disfigure, especially by cutting off tissue or body parts. See Synonyms at mangle1.
- To damage or mar (an object): mutilate a statue.
Origin of mutilateLatin mutilāre, mutilāt-, from mutilus, maimed.
(third-person singular simple present mutilates, present participle mutilating, simple past and past participle mutilated)
From Latin mutilatus, the past participle of mutilare 'to mutilate', itself from mutilus 'maimed'