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mutilate

verb [T]  /ˈmju·təlˌeɪt/ us  
to damage very seriously, esp. by violently removing a part
mutilation
noun [C/U]  /ˌmju·təlˈeɪ·ʃən/ us  
[U] Creatures living in the woods were blamed for the mutilation of animals in the village.
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