mutilation


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mu·ti·late

 (myo͞ot′l-āt′)
tr.v. mu·ti·lat·ed, mu·ti·lat·ing, mu·ti·lates
1. To injure severely or disfigure, especially by cutting off tissue or body parts. See Synonyms at mangle1.
2. To damage or mar (an object): mutilate a statue.

[Latin mutilāre, mutilāt-, from mutilus, maimed.]

mu′ti·la′tion n.
mu′ti·la′tive adj.
mu′ti·la′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mutilation - an injury that causes disfigurement or that deprives you of a limb or other important body partmutilation - an injury that causes disfigurement or that deprives you of a limb or other important body part
accidental injury, injury - an accident that results in physical damage or hurt
dismemberment, taking apart - the removal of limbs; being cut to pieces

mutilation

noun maiming, injuring, dismembering, disfiguring, disfigurement They reported cases of torture and mutilation.
Translations

mutilation

[ˌmjuːtɪˈleɪʃən] Nmutilación f

mutilation

[ˌmjuːtɪˈleɪʃən] nmutilation f

mutilation

nVerstümmelung f; (of painting, building etc)Verschandelung f (inf)

mutilation

[ˌmjuːtɪˈleɪʃn] nmutilazione f

mu·ti·la·tion

n. mutilación, castración.

mutilation

n mutilación f
References in classic literature ?
When they heard Napoleon's proclamation offering them, as compensation for mutilation and death, the words of posterity about their having been in the battle before Moscow, they cried "Vive l'Empereur!" just as they had cried "Vive l'Empereur!" at the sight of the portrait of the boy piercing the terrestrial globe with a toy stick, and just as they would have cried "Vive l'Empereur!" at any nonsense that might be told them.
Tiny mentioned this mutilation quite casually--didn't seem sensitive about it.
I've sometimes thought it was a wild version of one of those mutilation stories.
That he was already dead I could not but be convinced, and yet I would have saved his body from mutilation at the hands of the Apaches as quickly as I would have saved the man himself from death.
Less the opportunity of an insight into grinding and bolting than the casual fact that lodgings were to be obtained in that very farmhouse which, before its mutilation, had been the mansion of a branch of the d'Urberville family.
Out came the sunset; but in spite of this heroic mutilation the editor of the Canadian Woman sent Averil's Atonement back so promptly that the indignant Diana declared that it couldn't have been read at all, and vowed she was going to stop her subscription immediately.
Saint Antoine's blood was up, and the blood of tyranny and domination by the iron hand was down--down on the steps of the Hotel de Ville where the governor's body lay--down on the sole of the shoe of Madame Defarge where she had trodden on the body to steady it for mutilation. "Lower the lamp yonder!" cried Saint Antoine, after glaring round for a new means of death; "here is one of his soldiers to be left on guard!" The swinging sentinel was posted, and the sea rushed on.
At the edge of this box there lies a great wooden doll, which, so far as mutilation is concerned, bears a strong resemblance to the finest Greek sculpture, and especially in the total loss of its nose.
THESEUS Oft had I heard of thee in times gone by-- The bloody mutilation of thine eyes-- And therefore know thee, son of Laius.
The killing of the elder Jenkins, shortly followed by that of his brother, the mutilation of James Murdoch, the blowing up of the Staphouse family, and the murder of the Stendals all followed hard upon one another in the same terrible winter.
The mutilation of the savage has its tragic survival in the self-denial that mars our lives.
"Not for the wide world will I consent to any mutilation of her dead body.