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Definitions for mutilate
ˈmyut lˌeɪtmu·ti·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mutilate, mangle, cut upverb

    destroy or injure severely

    "The madman mutilates art work"

  2. mangle, mutilate, murderverb

    alter so as to make unrecognizable

    "The tourists murdered the French language"

  3. mutilate, marverb

    destroy or injure severely

    "mutilated bodies"


  1. mutilateverb

    To physically harm as to impair use, notably by cutting off or otherwise disabling a vital part, such as a limb.

  2. mutilateverb

    To destroy beyond recognition.

  3. mutilateverb

    To render imperfect.

  4. Etymology: From mutilatus, the past participle of mutilare 'to mutilate', itself from mutilus 'maimed'

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Mutilateverb

    To deprive of some essential part.

    Etymology: mutiler, Fr. mutilo, Latin.

    Such fearing to concede a monstrosity, or mutilate the integrity of Adam, preventively conceive the creation of thirteen ribs. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Sylburgius justly complains that the place is mutilated. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Among the mutilated poets of antiquity there is none whose fragments are so beautiful as those of Sappho. Addison.

    Aristotle ’s works were corrupted, from Strabo’s account of their having been mutilated and consumed with moisture. Thomas Baker.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mutilateadjective

    deprived of, or having lost, an important part; mutilated

  2. Mutilateadjective

    having finlike appendages or flukes instead of legs, as a cetacean

  3. Mutilatenoun

    a cetacean, or a sirenian

  4. Mutilateverb

    to cut off or remove a limb or essential part of; to maim; to cripple; to hack; as, to mutilate the body, a statue, etc

  5. Mutilateverb

    to destroy or remove a material part of, so as to render imperfect; as, to mutilate the orations of Cicero

  6. Etymology: [L. mutilatus, p. p. of mutilare to mutilate, fr. mutilus maimed; cf. Gr. , . Cf. Mutton.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mutilate

    mū′ti-lāt, v.t. to maim: to cut off: to remove a material part of.—ns. Mutilā′tion, act of mutilating: deprivation of a limb or essential part; Mū′tilator, one who mutilates. [L. mutilāremutilus—Gr. mutilos, mitulos, curtailed.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mutilate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mutilate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mutilate in a Sentence

  1. Matt Zeller:

    Our Afghan and Iraqi combat translators have been left to die, the Taliban, Daesh [ ISIS ], Al Qaeda, and our other enemies do not have an amnesty or reconciliation program. They have one punishment for ‘ collaboration with the infidels ’ -- death. A brutal horrible death. They mutilate their victims. They rape their victims and their families in front of each other and then kill them. The worst deaths imaginable.

  2. Slogan of the Free Speech Movement, 1964.:

    I am a student. Please do not fold, spindle, or mutilate me.

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