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verb[WITH OBJECT]usually be mutilated
1Inflict a violent and disfiguring injury on.‘the leg was badly mutilated’‘mutilated bodies’
mangle, maim, disfigure, cut to pieces, cut up, hack up, butcher, dismember, tear limb from limb, tear apart, lacerateView synonyms
- ‘‘It kills the living, destroys their flesh and mutilates the bodies of those already dead,’ he says.’
- ‘Once again, scenes of explosions and mutilated bodies are back in our streets.’
- ‘There was a moment's pause, a profuse apology, then they resumed their efforts to mutilate the body.’
- ‘Identification was proving difficult because some of the bodies were severely mutilated.’
- ‘Many of the bodies were so mutilated that identification was difficult.’
- ‘When the sisters' father went to the morgue to check, he found his daughter had not only been killed, but her body had been horrifically mutilated.’
- ‘David says his aunt and uncle were killed as they tried to escape and their bodies were mutilated.’
- ‘The bodies of the victims were mutilated beyond recognition.’
- ‘How is it right to encourage people to mutilate their bodies?’
- ‘But now that he is dead, his body mutilated almost beyond recognition, it seems right to recall what he said.’
- ‘According to the police the face of the slain person was hit with a boulder and it was badly mutilated.’
- ‘The military rounded up tens of thousands of people, torturing and mutilating many of the prisoners.’
- ‘Police also said several of the corpses had their faces badly mutilated from the gunshot wounds.’
- ‘He is one of Scotland's most revered monarchs yet his body was mutilated and his head used as a football by the English foe.’
- ‘He slashed her throat with a knife then mutilated her body and face.’
- ‘Two of the dead were so badly mutilated no one had been able to identify them and they lay unclaimed, he said.’
- ‘They were both killed a few days later and their bodies mutilated.’
- ‘Press reports said the bodies had been deliberately mutilated.’
- ‘He said the second person killed, whose body was severely mutilated, may have been the man carrying the bomb.’
- ‘You also mutilated the dead bodies of our soldiers and treated them with indescribable indignities.’
- 1.1 Inflict serious damage on.‘the 14th-century church had been partly mutilated in the 18th century’
vandalize, damage, deface, spoil, mar, ruin, destroy, wreck, violate, desecrateView synonyms
- ‘Although badly mutilated by quarrying, some of the defences can still be traced, especially on the north and north-west sides.’
- ‘Were the images destroyed, desecrated or mutilated because they were potent or impotent?’
Early 16th century: from Latin mutilat- ‘maimed, mutilated, lopped off’, from the verb mutilare, from mutilus ‘maimed’.
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