Meaning of “mutilate” in the English Dictionary

"mutilate" in British English

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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.
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)

"mutilate" in American English

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mutilateverb [ T ]

us /ˈmju·təlˌeɪt/

to damage very seriously, esp. by violently removing a part

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)