- To physically harm as to impair use, notably by cutting off or otherwise disabling a vital part, such as a limb.
- To destroy beyond recognition.
- (figuratively) To render imperfect or defective.
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mutilate (not comparable)
- (obsolete) Deprived of, or having lost, an important part; mutilated.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Thomas Browne to this entry?)
- (zoology) Having fin-like appendages or flukes instead of legs, as a cetacean does.
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- mut. (abbreviation)