Definition of brutalize
- temperaments brutalized by poverty and disease
- an accord not to brutalize prisoners of war
a young man brutalized by the experience of war
She claimed she had been sexually brutalized.
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: 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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