Mutilate meaning

myo͝otl-āt
To injure severely or disfigure, especially by cutting off tissue or body parts.
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To cut off or damage a limb or other important part of (a person or animal)
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To damage, injure, or otherwise mar, esp. by removing an essential part or parts.

To mutilate a novel by censorship.

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To physically harm as to impair use, notably by cutting off or otherwise disabling a vital part, such as a limb.
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To destroy beyond recognition.
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(figuratively) To render imperfect.
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(zoology) Having fin-like appendages or flukes instead of legs, as a cetacean does.
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To damage or mar (an object).

Mutilate a statue.

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Origin of mutilate

  • Latin mutilāre mutilāt- from mutilus maimed

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

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

    From Wiktionary