mutilate(redirected from mutilative)
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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.]
1. (Pathology) to deprive of a limb, essential part, etc; maim; dismember
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) to mar, expurgate, or damage (a text, book, etc)
[C16: from Latin mutilāre to cut off; related to mutilus maimed]
v.t. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
1. to injure or disfigure by removing or irreparably damaging parts: to mutilate a painting.
2. to deprive (a person or animal) of a limb or other essential part.
[1525–35; < Latin mutilātus, past participle of mutilāre to maim, derivative of mutilus mutilated; see -ate1]
Past participle: mutilated
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|Verb||1.||mutilate - destroy or injure severely; "The madman mutilates art work"|
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"
|2.||mutilate - alter so as to make unrecognizable; "The tourists murdered the French language"|
|3.||mutilate - destroy or injure severely; "mutilated bodies"|
maim - injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation; "people were maimed by the explosion"
1. maim, damage, injure, disable, butcher, cripple, hack, lame, cut up, mangle, dismember, disfigure, lacerate, cut to pieces He tortured and mutilated six young men.