- 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: from Classical Latin mutilatus, past participle of mutilare, to maim, mutilate from mutilus, maimed; akin to Irish mut, short
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transitive verb mu·ti·lat·ed, mu·ti·lat·ing, mu·ti·lates
- To deprive of a limb or an essential part; cripple.
- To disfigure by damaging irreparably: mutilate a statue. See Synonyms at batter1.
- To make imperfect by excising or altering parts.
Origin: Latin mutilāre, mutilāt-, from mutilus, maimed.
- muˌti·laˈtion noun
- muˈti·laˌtive adjective
- muˈti·laˌtor noun