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Physical DamagePlay
Mutilate implies severe physical damage, often beyond repair. SlideThe sculpture was mutilated beyond recognition.
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Intentional ActPlay
Mutilate usually suggests the damage was caused deliberately. SlideSomeone mutilated the painting with a knife.
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Severe ConnotationPlay
The word carries a strong negative connotation, indicating revulsion or horror. SlideThe news reported the mutilated state of the victims.