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Mutilation


MUTILA'TION, noun [Latin mutilatio.] The act of mutilating; deprivation of a limb or of an essential part.

1. mutilation is a term of very general import, applied to bodies, to statues, to buildings and to writings; but appropriately, it denotes the retrenchment of a human limb or member, and particularly of the male organs of generation.