lo·​bot·​o·​mize | \ lō-ˈbä-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce lobotomize (audio) \
lobotomized; lobotomizing

Definition of lobotomize

transitive verb

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

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fear of saying anything controversial has so lobotomized this book on geopolitics that it fails to say anything at all
Recent Examples on the Web What the choice actually did was magically lobotomize them, sending them wandering the streets. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, 6 June 2018 In other words, lobotomize the civil rights and antiwar protesters. Rob Verger, Newsweek, 17 Apr. 2014

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First Known Use of lobotomize

1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lobotomize

lobotomy + -ize

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“Lobotomize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobotomize. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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transitive verb
variants: or chiefly British lobotomise \ lō-​ˈbät-​ə-​ˌmīz How to pronounce lobotomize (audio) \
lobotomized or chiefly British lobotomised; lobotomizing or chiefly British lobotomising

Medical Definition of lobotomize

: to sever the frontal lobes of the brain of

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