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English definition of “mutilate”

mutilate

verb [T]     /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.Injuring and injuries to destroy an idea or a piece of art or entertainment: They have mutilated a beautiful film by making these changes.Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoiling mutilation     /ˌmjuː.tɪˈleɪ.ʃən/ US  /-t̬əlˈeɪ-/ noun [C or U] He admitted to the murder and mutilation of 16 young men.Injuring and injuries
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