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: to treat as made up of many discrete units
: to reduce to minute particles or to a fine spray
: divide, fragment
an atomized society
: to deprive of meaningful ties to others
: to subject to attack by nuclear weapons
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beat, bray, comminute, crush, disintegrate, grind, mill, mull, pound, powder, pulverize
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1865, in the meaning defined at sense 2
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: to convert to minute particles or to a fine spray
an atomized medicated powder
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