to curtail ...1665 obs.
from curtal (n. [anything docked or cut short] & adj. [abridged, curtailed]), apparently after mutilate
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1665 - see EXAMPLE below
"...to give you more Satisfaction nevertheless therein, and to make this Doctor's Integrity more fully appear, you are to know, that Mr. Jones cannot properly be said to have curtilated the Text; because he doth not ex professo meddle with it here..."
From: The Most Notable Antiquity of Great Britain, Vulgarly called Stone-heng, on Salisbury Plain, Restored, To which are added, the Chorea Gigantum, Or, Stone-Heng Restored to the Danes, by Doctor Charleton; and Mr. Webb's Vindication of Stone-heng Restored
- Inigo Jones, Architect General to the King