Mutilation

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Mutilation

Cutting, tearing, erasing, or otherwise changing a document in a way that changes or destroys its legal effect. It is a federal crime to mutilate public records, coins, or passports.

In Criminal Law, the crime of violently, maliciously, and intentionally giving someone a serious permanent wound.

See: defacement, defect, detriment, harm

MUTILATION, crim. law. The depriving a man of the use of any of those limbs, which may be useful to him in fight, the loss of which amounts to mayhem. 1 Bl. Com. 130.