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mutilate

mu·ti·late

mutilate

 
pronunciation:
myu t leIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: mutilated, mutilates, mutilating
definition 1: to sever or destroy a limb or other essential part of (a person or animal).
synonyms:
dismember, maim, mangle
similar words:
amputate, cripple, disable, disfigure, lacerate, lame
definition 2: to damage or disfigure, esp. by removing or destroying parts.
She mutilated the book by tearing out several pages.
synonyms:
damage, deform, mangle
similar words:
dismember, lacerate, maim
derivations: mutilative (adj.), mutilation (n.), mutilator (n.)