an·​i·​mal·​ize | \ˈa-nə-mə-ˌlīz \
animalized; animalizing

Definition of animalize 

transitive verb

1 : to represent in animal form

2 : to cause to be or act like an animal

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animalization \ˌa-​nə-​mə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

Examples of animalize in a Sentence

six months of solitary living in the jungle would animalize anyone

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Sociologist Anthony Cortese found that in popular culture black women are often othered, animalized and exoticized, associating women of color with primitivity or wild sexuality. Katie Edwards, Washington Post, "How Beyoncé’s Virgin Mary imagery challenges racist, religious and sexual stereotypes," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of animalize

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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living or existing for a long time

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