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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of mutilare, from mutilus 'mutilated'


mu‧ti‧late [transitive]
1 to severely and violently damage someone's body, especially by cutting or removing part of it:
The prisoners had been tortured and mutilated.
extra protection for mental patients who might mutilate themselves
2 to damage or change something so much that it is completely spoiled:
The sculpture was badly mutilated in the late eighteenth century.
mutilation noun [uncountable and countable]

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