brutalize

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verb bru·tal·ize \ˈbrü-təl-ˌīz\

Definition of brutalize

brutalized

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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


BRUTALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

brutalize

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verb bru·tal·ize \ˈbrü-təl-ˌīz\

Definition of brutalize for English Language Learners

  • : 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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