Mutilation is the process of injuring or ruining something (or someone), like your little brother's mutilation of the science project you stayed up all night finishing. You can also use the word for the result of this extreme kind of injury.

When a person or an object has been altered or damaged in a permanent way, that's a mutilation. The mutilation of your favorite teddy bear by the family dog when you were little may have scarred you for life. Movie monsters sometimes exhibit mutilations (like missing eyes or limbs), and sometimes threaten mutilation to others (by wielding weapons or sharp teeth). The root word of this gory noun is the Latin mutilare, "to cut or lop off."

Definitions of mutilation
  1. noun
    the act of severely damaging or ruining something
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    type of:
    damage, harm, hurt, scathe
    the act of damaging something or someone
  2. noun
    an injury that causes disfigurement or that deprives you of a limb or other important body part
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    dismemberment, taking apart
    the removal of limbs; being cut to pieces
    type of:
    accidental injury, injury
    an accident that results in physical damage or hurt
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