Definition of mutilate in US English:

mutilate

verb

[with object]usually be mutilated
  • 1Inflict a violent and disfiguring injury on.

    ‘the leg was badly mutilated’
    ‘mutilated bodies’
    • ‘Two of the dead were so badly mutilated no one had been able to identify them and they lay unclaimed, he said.’
    • ‘You also mutilated the dead bodies of our soldiers and treated them with indescribable indignities.’
    • ‘David says his aunt and uncle were killed as they tried to escape and their bodies were mutilated.’
    • ‘According to the police the face of the slain person was hit with a boulder and it was badly mutilated.’
    • ‘Many of the bodies were so mutilated that identification was difficult.’
    • ‘How is it right to encourage people to mutilate their bodies?’
    • ‘They were both killed a few days later and their bodies mutilated.’
    • ‘Identification was proving difficult because some of the bodies were severely mutilated.’
    • ‘The military rounded up tens of thousands of people, torturing and mutilating many of the prisoners.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was a moment's pause, a profuse apology, then they resumed their efforts to mutilate the body.’
    • ‘Once again, scenes of explosions and mutilated bodies are back in our streets.’
    • ‘But now that he is dead, his body mutilated almost beyond recognition, it seems right to recall what he said.’
    • ‘‘It kills the living, destroys their flesh and mutilates the bodies of those already dead,’ he says.’
    • ‘He slashed her throat with a knife then mutilated her body and face.’
    • ‘Press reports said the bodies had been deliberately mutilated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said the second person killed, whose body was severely mutilated, may have been the man carrying the bomb.’
    • ‘Police also said several of the corpses had their faces badly mutilated from the gunshot wounds.’
    • ‘The bodies of the victims were mutilated beyond recognition.’
    mangle, maim, disfigure, cut to pieces, cut up, hack up, butcher, dismember, tear limb from limb, tear apart, lacerate
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    1. 1.1 Inflict serious damage on.
      ‘the 14th-century church had been partly mutilated in the 18th century’
      • ‘Were the images destroyed, desecrated or mutilated because they were potent or impotent?’
      • ‘Although badly mutilated by quarrying, some of the defences can still be traced, especially on the north and north-west sides.’
      vandalize, damage, deface, spoil, mar, ruin, destroy, wreck, violate, desecrate
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Origin

Early 16th century: from Latin mutilat- ‘maimed, mutilated, lopped off’, from the verb mutilare, from mutilus ‘maimed’.

Pronunciation

mutilate

/ˈmyo͞odlˌāt//ˈmjudlˌeɪt/