- 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 novel 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)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Latin mutilatus, the past participle of mutilare 'to mutilate', itself from mutilus 'maimed'