lobotomize

verb lo·bot·o·mize \ lō-ˈbä-tə-ˌmīz \

Definition of lobotomize

lobotomized; lobotomizing
1 : to perform a lobotomy on
2 : to deprive of sensitivity, intelligence, or vitality
  • fear of prosecution was causing the press to lobotomize itself
  • —Tony Eprile

Examples of lobotomize in a Sentence

  1. fear of saying anything controversial has so lobotomized this book on geopolitics that it fails to say anything at all

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First Known Use of lobotomize

1943

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Medical Dictionary

lobotomize

transitive verb lo·bot·o·mize
variants: or chiefly British lobotomise play \lō-ˈbät-ə-ˌmīz\

medical Definition of lobotomize

lobotomized or chiefly British lobotomised; lobotomizing or chiefly British lobotomising
: to sever the frontal lobes of the brain of


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