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

transitive verb

: to perform a lobotomy on
: to deprive of sensitivity, intelligence, or vitality
fear of prosecution was causing the press to lobotomize itselfTony Eprile

Examples of lobotomize in a Sentence

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 It’s just absolutely been lobotomized into something that sounds like Wikipedia, essentially. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Aug. 2023 For someone who witnessed the Obama-era phenomenon of Low End Theory, the place seemed lobotomized. Jeff Weiss, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2023 To lobotomize their ability to access and express the full range of human experience back to consenting adults seems not just puritanical, but a fool’s errand. Tabi Jensen, WIRED, 9 Mar. 2023 This attracted all kinds of attention to it, so of course MS lobotomized her. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 17 Feb. 2023 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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Word History


lobotomy + -ize

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lobotomize was in 1943

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“Lobotomize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobotomize. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


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