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brutalize

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verb bru·tal·ize \ˈbrü-təl-ˌīz\

Simple Definition of brutalize

  • : to cause (someone) to lose ordinary human kindness or feelings

  • : to treat (someone) in a very harsh and usually violent way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of brutalize

brutalized

brutalizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make brutal, unfeeling, or inhuman <temperaments brutalized by poverty and disease>

  3. 2 :  to treat brutally <an accord not to brutalize prisoners of war>

brutalization

play \ˌbrü-təl-ə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of brutalize in a sentence

  1. a young man brutalized by the experience of war

  2. She claimed she had been sexually brutalized.



Circa 1704

First Known Use of brutalize

circa 1704



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