lobotomize

verb
lo·bot·o·mize | \lō-ˈbä-tə-ˌmīz \
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

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What the choice actually did was magically lobotomize them, sending them wandering the streets. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Vampyr review: Dead in the daylight," 6 June 2018 In other words, lobotomize the civil rights and antiwar protesters. Rob Verger, Newsweek, "Newsweek Rewind: 15 Years After Columbine, a Nation Still Asks ‘Why?’," 17 Apr. 2014

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First Known Use of lobotomize

1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lobotomize

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