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.
Recent Examples on the Web She’d been surprised by and then enamored of this pregnancy, finally brutalized by its loss. Cristina Escobar, Glamour, "Miscarriage Is Getting More Common on TV—But That Still Didn’t Prepare Me for the Reality," 24 Apr. 2020 After about 600 peaceful protesters began the first march — a 54-mile trek from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital in Montgomery — they were brutalized by police officers using nightsticks, whips, and tear gas. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "It Shouldn't Take Violence for White Americans to Push for Black Civil Rights," 7 Mar. 2020 The attack came four years after Mason brutalized Fraser in an attack that saw him serve less than a year in prison. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Body camera video shows police arrest Lance Mason after he murdered ex-wife Aisha Fraser," 1 Nov. 2019 These comments only serve to normalize dangerous rhetoric while diluting the true horrors of Nazi Germany and insulting the memories of the millions brutalized and murdered by Nazis. cleveland, "Ohio lawmaker, in Facebook post criticizing Jewish health director for coronavirus shutdown, says he won’t let the state become Nazi Germany," 22 Apr. 2020 This is a pocket of land where the most radicalized rebels have been pushed and where constantly battered and brutalized civilians harbor unshakeable loathing for a regime that has bombed their hospitals and schools incessantly. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Tensions escalate between Kremlin and Ankara after dozens of Turkish troops killed in Syria," 28 Feb. 2020 That tweet, also from NYCLASS, accuses the people near the horse of blowing smoke it its face and brutalizing the animal. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "The NYPD's animal abuse squad is investigating the death of Central Park carriage horse seen collapsing on video," 5 Mar. 2020 He’s first seen standing lookout while a gang brutalizes another youth. Armond White, National Review, "Polish Oscar Nominee Corpus Christi Preaches Forgiveness," 20 Feb. 2020 Here’s the good news: This time of year is (literally) the cosmically ideal moment for men to brutalize each other in a stadium in Miami. Matt Simon, Wired, "Not to Ruin the Super Bowl, But the Sea Is Consuming Miami," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of brutalize

circa 1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of brutalize was circa 1704

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“Brutalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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