an·​i·​mal·​ize ˈa-nə-mə-ˌlīz How to pronounce animalize (audio)
animalized; animalizing

transitive verb

: to represent in animal form
: to cause to be or act like an animal
animalization noun

Examples of animalize in a Sentence

six months of solitary living in the jungle would animalize anyone
Recent Examples on the Web 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, 14 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of animalize was in 1741

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“Animalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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