brutalize

verb bru·tal·ize \ ˈbrü-tᵊl-ˌīz \

Definition of brutalize

brutalized; brutalizing
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

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.

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First Known Use of brutalize

circa 1704


BRUTALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

brutalize

verb

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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