mutilate

[myoot-l-eyt]
verb (used with object), mutilated, mutilating.
1.
to injure, disfigure, or make imperfect by removing or irreparably damaging parts: Vandals mutilated the painting.
2.
to deprive (a person or animal) of a limb or other essential part.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin mutilātus (past participle of mutilāre to cut off, maim), equivalent to mutil(us) maimed, mutilated + -ātus -ate1

mutilation, noun
mutilative, mutilatory [myoot-l-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
mutilator, noun
self-mutilating, adjective
self-mutilation, noun
unmutilated, adjective
unmutilative, adjective


1. damage, mar, cripple. 2. See maim.
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mutilate (ˈmjuːtɪˌleɪt)
 
vb
1.  to deprive of a limb, essential part, etc; maim; dismember
2.  to mar, expurgate, or damage (a text, book, etc)
 
[C16: from Latin mutilāre to cut off; related to mutilus maimed]
 
muti'lation
 
n
 
'mutilative
 
adj
 
'mutilator
 
n

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mutilate
1530s, of things; 1560s, of persons;, from L. mutilat-, pp. stem of mutilare, from mutilus (see mutilation). Technically, to deprive of some principal part, especially by cutting off. Related: Mutilated; mutilating.
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Example sentences for mutilated
Elsewhere in the town many more thousands were mutilated and killed.
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