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

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. Unabridged
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mutilate (ˈmjuːtɪˌleɪt)
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]

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Word Origin & History

1520s, in Scots law, "act of disabling or wounding a limb," from L.L. mutilationem (from mutilatio), from L. mutilatus, pp. of mutilare "to cut or lop off," from mutilus "maimed," which is perhaps cognate with Gk. mytilos "hornless." Of things, "to destroy the unity of by damaging or removing a part,"
it is recorded from 1630s.

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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Medical Dictionary

mutilation mu·ti·la·tion (myōōt'l-ā'shən)
Disfigurement or injury by removal or destruction of a conspicuous or essential part of the body.

mu'ti·late' v.
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