Mutilate Definition

myo͝otl-āt
mutilated, mutilates, mutilating
verb
mutilated, mutilates, mutilating
To cut off or damage a limb or other important part of (a person or animal)
Webster's New World
To damage, injure, or otherwise mar, esp. by removing an essential part or parts.
To mutilate a novel by censorship.
Webster's New World
To damage or mar (an object).
Mutilate a statue.
American Heritage

To destroy beyond recognition.

Wiktionary

(figuratively) To render imperfect.

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adjective

(zoology) Having fin-like appendages or flukes instead of legs, as a cetacean does.

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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of Mutilate

  • From Latin mutilatus, the past participle of mutilare 'to mutilate', itself from mutilus 'maimed'

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin mutilāre mutilāt- from mutilus maimed

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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