• WordNet 3.6
    • v mutilate destroy or injure severely "mutilated bodies"
    • v mutilate destroy or injure severely "The madman mutilates art work"
    • v mutilate alter so as to make unrecognizable "The tourists murdered the French language"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mutilate (Zoöl) A cetacean, or a sirenian.
    • Mutilate Deprived of, or having lost, an important part; mutilated.
    • Mutilate (Zoöl) Having finlike appendages or flukes instead of legs, as a cetacean.
    • Mutilate To cut off or remove a limb or essential part of; to maim; to cripple; to disfigure; to hack; as, to mutilate the body, a statue, etc.
    • Mutilate To destroy or remove a material part of, so as to render imperfect; as, to mutilate the orations of Cicero. "Among the mutilated poets of antiquity, there is none whose fragments are so beautiful as those of Sappho."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mutilate To cut off a limb or any important part of; deprive of any characteristic member, feature, or appurtenance, so as to disfigure; maim: as, to mutilate a body or a statue; to mutilate a tree or a picture.
    • mutilate Figuratively, to excise, erase, or expunge any important part from, so as to render incomplete or imperfect, as a record or a poem.
    • mutilate Synonyms Mutilate, Maim, Cripple, Mangle, Disfigure. Mutilate emphasizes the injury to completeness and to beauty: as, to mulilate a statue. Maim and cripple note the injury to the use of the members of the body, maim suggesting perhaps more of unsightliness, pain, and actual loss of members, and cripple more directly emphasizing the diminished power of action: as, crippled in the left arm. Mangle expresses a badly hacked or torn condition: as, a mangled finger or arm. Disfigure covers simply such changes of the external form as injure its appearance or beauty: one may be fearfully mangled in battle, so as to be disfigured for life, and yet finally escape being mutilated or maimed, or even crippled.
    • mutilate Mutilate, Garble, Misquote. To mutilate is to take parts of a thing, so as to leave it imperfect or incomplete; to garble is to take parts of a thing in such a way as to make them convey a false impression; to misquote is to quote incorrectly, whether intentionally or not: as, to mutilate a hymn; to garble a passage from an official report; to garble another's words; to misquote a text of Scripture. Garble has completely lost its primary meaning.
    • mutilate Same as mutilated.
    • mutilate Specifically, deprived of hind limbs, as a cetacean or a sirenian. See Mutilata.
    • n mutilate A member of the Mutilata; a cetacean or a sirenian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Mutilate mū′ti-lāt to maim: to cut off: to remove a material part of
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  • Charles Lamb
    “Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure.”
  • Rabindranath Tagore
    “No civilized society can thrive upon victims, whose humanity has been permanently mutilated.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mutilatus, p. p. of mutilare, to mutilate, fr. mutilus, maimed; cf. Gr. , . Cf. Mutton
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. mutilāremutilus—Gr. mutilos, mitulos, curtailed.


In literature:

At the beginning of the campaign it was commonly reported that the Turks mutilated our wounded.
"Five Months at Anzac" by Joseph Lievesley Beeston
Mutilated by my own master!
"The Original Fables of La Fontaine" by Jean de la Fontaine
He could now account for the presence of the mutilated hand.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Sometimes the punishment awarded to a prisoner was mutilation instead of death.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 2. (of 7): Assyria" by George Rawlinson
Their wives and daughters might be seized and horribly mutilated, or buried alive, or cut into a number of fragments.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia" by George Rawlinson
A car drawn by oxen brought to the hospital at Valievo its load of mutilated soldiers.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
They had not only been ruined, but mutilated by their barbarous enemies.
"Private Peat" by Harold R. Peat
How should I do this so as to mutilate the material as little as possible?
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
Many of these mutilated and wretched objects are daily to be seen in the streets.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
The text is much mutilated so that we know neither the name of the writer nor his relationship to Srimara.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot

In poetry:

Go, seek his fragments on the moor and
wash them in the evening dew,
And from their pieces make anew thy mutilated
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
There rose a fair but faded one,
Who oft had cheered them with her song;
She waved a mutilated arm,
And silence held the listening throng.
"The Meeting Of The Dryads" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"And mutilate us with your walking-stick!--
We will not suffer tamely what you do,
And warn you at your peril,--for we'll sick
Our bumblebees on you!"
"A Country Pathway" by James Whitcomb Riley
On thy mutilated face
It is difficult to trace
All that once was graven here;
But at least two words are clear,--
Reading still, as all agree,
"Conjugi Carissimae."
"Conjugi Carissimae" by John Lawson Stoddard
There seats, which beauty once enthroned,
In tattered damask stand;
In gray neglect a faun extends
A mutilated hand;
And silence makes the festal board
Mute as the stringless harpsichord.
"Villa Pliniana" by John Lawson Stoddard
Old plant of Asia - Mutilated vine
Holding earth's leaping sap
In every stem and shoot
That lopped off, sprouts again - Why should you seek a plateau walled about,
Whose garden is the world?
"Palestine" by Lola Ridge

In news:

The body of a cat that was possibly mutilated lies at the base of this tree.
Mutilated chickens mystery baffles North Fort Myers community, sheriff.
Great Falls Police tell us this morning, students at staff working on the CMR High School House, found four small mutilated animals on site.
Mexico officials say 17 mutilated bodies found.
Over 500 people reportedly attended a vigil Sunday night at the Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln for a woman allegedly tied up and mutilated in an anti-gay hate crime.
Syrians in the city of Douma have found mutilated corpses in trash cans.
Images of mutilated bodies in Nuevo Laredo have surfaced.
Mutilated corpse is left on display for rival cartel members in Nuevo Laredo.
Government A-team specializes in mutilated money.
"It takes a very violent person to kill a dog like this and then mutilate it," said humane society investigator Austin Wallace.
4 Mutilated Bodies Found in Iraq.
Several rewards have been offered to help authorities find whoever mutilated Ike, a 3-year-old German shepherd that lived in Gering.
Police are searching for a man wanted for the grisly murder and mutilation of a New York youth soccer coach.
Manhunt in Red Bulls Youth Soccer Coach's Mutilation and Murder.
Cops see hate crime in woman's mutilation .

In science:

The ma jor advantage of lattice QCD calculations is that the theory can be mutilated in a controllable way, so the physical mechanism underlying a process can be studied.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
The Kentucky group [287] have introduced valence QCD, a mutilated version of lattice QCD, that omits “Z” graphs from the formalism.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
For example, in the spirit of theory mutilation, ideally only one piece of physics must be removed at one time.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
Ridgelets and the representation of mutilated Sobolev functions.
Networks of Polynomial Pieces with Application to the Analysis of Point Clouds and Images
The most remarkable property of the method is that it does not mutilate the theory under investigation: The effective field theory framework is no more than an efficient machinery, which allows one to work out the modified Taylor series, referred to above.
Foundations and Scope of Chiral Perturbation Theory