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Definition of mutilate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mutilate
    he / she / it mutilates
    past simple mutilated
    -ing form mutilating
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  1. 1mutilate somebody/something to damage someone's body very severely, especially by cutting or tearing off part of it The body had been badly mutilated.
  2. 2mutilate something to damage something very badly synonym vandalize Intruders slashed and mutilated several paintings.
noun [uncountable, countable] Thousands suffered death or mutilation in the bomb blast.
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