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mutilateverb [T]

uk   /ˈmjuː.tɪ.leɪt/  us   /ˈmjuː.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   /ˌmjuː.t̬əlˈeɪ.ʃən/
He admitted to the murder and mutilation of 16 young men.
(Definition of mutilate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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mutilateverb [T]

 us   /ˈmju·təlˌeɪt/
to damage very seriously, esp. by violently removing a part
mutilation
noun [C/U]  us   /ˌmju·təlˈeɪ·ʃən/
[U] Creatures living in the woods were blamed for the mutilation of animals in the village.
(Definition of mutilate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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