Definition of mutilation in English:



  • 1The action of mutilating or being mutilated.

    ‘a culture which found any mutilation of the body abhorrent’
    ‘there were fatalities and appalling mutilations’
    • ‘Scientists from a foreign power could be involved, performing the mutilations for analysis.’
    • ‘Nelson lost his eye and his arm in the course of his duties, accepting the risk of mutilation and death for what he believed was a higher purpose.’
    • ‘When police checked his computer it contained information about kidnappings, murder and the mutilation of bodies.’
    • ‘Whilst I was thus examining this new development, Joey sat motionless, as so often, totally mute, showing no emotion about the mutilation of his body as now revealed to me.’
    • ‘Now Anna feels like she is considered the resident expert on whippings, body mutilation, and pleasure through pain.’
    • ‘Their reasoning is that some local societies follow practices that violate human rights, such as female genital mutilation and other violations of the right against gender discrimination.’
    • ‘Human-rights organizations have charged his forces with widespread rape, massacres in churches, mutilation, torture, cannibalism and forced conscription of child combatants.’
    • ‘With an armed uprising by a united Iraqi opposition would there have been the killing and mutilation of thousands of people?’
    • ‘The exhibit consists of a laundry line from which hang works of art, poetry, personal reflections and bras replete with statistics about sexual abuse, eating disorders and genital mutilation.’
    • ‘Other pressures facing children in detention are the ongoing exposure to trauma of parents and siblings, witnessing acts of violence between officers and detainees, self-harm, mutilation and attempted hangings.’
    • ‘The play balances characters that vehemently oppose mutilation with vigorous proponents of a practice that they see as enhancing their culture.’
    • ‘Under the Anglo-Saxons and the Normans, and throughout the Middle Ages, criminals were punished by fines and, for serious crime, death or mutilation.’
    • ‘It is amazing that readers, with little first-hand knowledge of the facts or of the police/military investigation, are quick to demand prison, mutilation or death to these individuals.’
    • ‘There are reports of rape, mutilation, and cannibalism.’
    • ‘Cattle mutilations are logically explainable only as Extraterrestrial activities.’
    • ‘They suffer social ostracism, economic deprivation, educational backwardness and they invariably fall prey to most serious forms of persecution in society - rape, killings, mutilation, arson, destruction of property.’
    • ‘The images of suffering and mutilation, of limbless children and deformed young women, have been in the media for years, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.’
    • ‘Mutilation was used throughout medieval and early-modern Europe to inscribe punishment publicly upon the body.’
    • ‘The animal had clear signs of mutilation: it was missing an eye, its udders and its reproductive organs.’
    • ‘The military is, however, quite interested in all alien activities including cattle mutilations, and actively seeks to investigate them.’
    maiming, disfigurement, dismembering
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    1. 1.1 The infliction of serious damage on something.
      ‘the mutilation of the English language’
      • ‘The initial authors of a report may often object to the mutilation of their manuscript.’
      • ‘A typical instance of mutilation of a notable literary work to serve commercial interest had come up in a judicial court recently over a TV serial.’
      • ‘As this passage indicates, the white supremacist denial of black success effects a symbolic decapitation, or, more properly, psychological mutilation.’
      • ‘Beware of agency mutilation of your footers.’
      • ‘However, the mutilation of the monuments indicate that she had fallen from grace.’
      • ‘He was indignant about the mutilation of the cable and wanted to make a complaint about it right away.’
      • ‘Likewise in the poem, the author conjures up the image of a "common motherland", and once again mourns the mutilation of rural Punjab.’