Definition of mutilate :
1. A cetacean, or a sirenian.
2. Deprived of, or having lost, an important part; mutilated.
3. Having finlike appendages or flukes instead of legs, as a cetacean.
4. To cut off or remove a limb or essential part of; to maim; to cripple; to hack; as, to mutilate the body, a statue, etc.
5. To destroy or remove a material part of, so as to render imperfect; as, to mutilate the orations of Cicero.
off, compartmentalise, compartmentalize, bump off, deflower, spoil, impair, cut off, hit, maul, murder, remove, mangle, vitiate, disfigure, dispatch, cripple, mar, slash, dismember, slay, hurt, cut up, deface, hack, damage, polish off, carve, help, maim
- Although he dug up the bodies of several men he felt no inclination to mutilate them, whereas he delighted in rending female corpses. - "The Book of Were-Wolves", Sabine Baring-Gould.
- " A fierce nature, indeed, that would mutilate the dead. - "The Secret Passage", Fergus Hume.
- Nobody else would have any motive for destroying them; in fact, no one else would dare mutilate a book he prized so highly. - "The Gloved Hand", Burton E. Stevenson.