There is even some question as to the original meaning of the word ‘mutie’. Certainly they number among their ancestors the mutineers who escaped death at the time of the rebellion. But they also have in their blood the blood of many of the mutants who were born during the dark age. You understand, of course, that during that period our present wise rule of inspecting each infant for the mark of sin and returning to the Converter any who are found to be mutations was not in force.
Since the muties are the seed of sin, why do we make no effort to wipe them out?
They got another flock in late afternoon, surprising muties in a gully, but then the mutants ran and got in among the regular scooters.
Mutants are dogged by the pejorative term ‘mutie’, discriminated against by the legal system and often hunted down by martial law enthusiasts.
Robert A. Heinlein, 'Universe'
Added to OED in June 2003.
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