bru·​tal·​ize | \ ˈbrü-tᵊl-ˌīz How to pronounce brutalize (audio) \
brutalized; brutalizing

Definition of brutalize

transitive verb

1 : to make brutal, unfeeling, or inhuman temperaments brutalized by poverty and disease
2 : to treat brutally an accord not to brutalize prisoners of war

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brutalization \ ˌbrü-​tᵊl-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce brutalization (audio) \ noun

Examples of brutalize in a Sentence

a young man brutalized by the experience of war She claimed she had been sexually brutalized.

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This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Unimaginable Reality of American Concentration Camps," 21 June 2019 This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "AOC Called Out the Reality of the Trump Administration's "Concentration Camps"," 18 June 2019 Not only do the sailors compare their sneak attacks to rape, but they and their superiors also understand brutalizing women while on shore as a natural coefficient of their murderous work at sea. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "Hulu’s Das Boot Gets Lost at Sea," 19 June 2019 According to the trailer, extremism is on the rise, the government’s abandoned all hope, and cops are brutalizing citizens. Time, "Missed the E3 News? Here Are the Games and Consoles We're Most Excited About," 11 June 2019 In August, 2016, after some back and forth, Noel Brennan, the judge in the case, issued Ana a deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture, because Ana had been brutalized while in the guerrillas’ custody. Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker, "A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists," 11 June 2019 Rafa has been ClayGOATing here, brutalizing opponents with his power and taking away their potency with his defense. The Si Staff,, "Previewing the Rafael Nadal vs. Dominic Thiem French Open Final," 8 June 2019 Capparelli was defrocked as a priest in 1992 in New Jersey after being accused of groping and brutalizing teenage boys in the 1970s and 1980s at churches around the state. Ken Ritter, Detroit Free Press, "Man held in Oakland County Jail named in death of ex-priest in Las Vegas," 5 June 2019 Who is going to make the argument that this poor, abused and brutalized girl wouldn't have been safer in U.S. detention than with a rapist? Fox News, "Jay Sekulow: Mueller investigation needs to end 'very soon'," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of brutalize

circa 1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of brutalize

: to cause (someone) to lose ordinary human kindness or feelings
: to treat (someone) in a very harsh and usually violent way

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