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Definition severely injure or damage — for example by cutting up
  • The murder mutilates his victims bodies before killing them.
mutilates = severely injures or damages
  • The madman mutilates art work
  • Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events: people's chickens and household pets were found mutilated; although the culprit was Crazy Addie, who eventually drowned himself in Barker's Eddy, people still looked at the Radley Place, unwilling to discard their initial suspicions.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • mutilated = cut up
  • It was better than having the Congs get them, maybe mutilating the bodies.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • mutilating = cutting up
  • He did not like to look at the fish anymore since he had been mutilated. When the fish had been hit it was as though he himself were hit.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • mutilated = disfigured (severely damaged)
  • The form was mutilated by two second-handers who assumed the right to improve upon that which they had not made and could not equal.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He shook it out and put it over Bannerman's mutilated body.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • It was a question of degrading himself, mutilating himself.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "Since you have preserved my narration," said he, "I would not that a mutilated one should go down to posterity."
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The women were horribly mutilated and in terrible pain, but at each moan two of the nurses jeered and mimicked the sounds.
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Exhausted, Chuck Muckle leaned over and squinted at the mutilated toy snakes.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • You'll know, when I've put it through fire and water, that the corner you hold in your hand fits the mutilated card?"
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • But I didn't do anything to the soon-to-be-mutilated MAV today.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Will He accept a mutilated sacrifice?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • This impression carried her into the future, of which from time to time she had a mutilated glimpse.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Amazed at the power of the blade but not having time even to gawk at his mutilated victim, Drizzt resumed his chase.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Drink had destroyed his mind, and so he ended in that mutilation-fool that he was.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He doesn't rough them up, doesn't sexually assault or mutilate.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • A woman, mutilated and bleeding in his orchard—it was because it was a woman that he was so afraid.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • The mutilated body (it was alive still) was thrown back into the sea.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse

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