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mutilateverb [T]

uk   /ˈmjuː.tɪ.leɪt/  us   /-t̬əl.eɪt/
to ​damage something ​severely, ​especially by ​violentlyremoving a ​part: Her ​body had been mutilated beyond ​recognition. Self-hatred ​apparentlydrove her to mutilate her own ​face. to ​destroy an ​idea or a ​piece of ​art or ​entertainment: They have mutilated a ​beautifulfilm 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.
(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 ​violentlyremoving 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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