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mutilate

verb [T] uk   /ˈmjuː.tɪ.leɪt/ us    /-t̬əl.eɪt/
to damage something severely, especially by violently removing a part: Her body had been mutilated beyond recognition. Self-hatred apparently drove her to mutilate her own face. to destroy an idea or a piece of art or entertainment: They have mutilated a beautiful film by making these changes.
mutilation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌmjuː.tɪˈleɪ.ʃən/ us    /-t̬əlˈeɪ-/
He admitted to the murder and mutilation of 16 young men.
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