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brutalize

[broot-l-ahyz] /ˈbrut lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), brutalized, brutalizing.
1.
to make brutal.
2.
to treat (someone) with brutality.
Also, especially British, brutalise.
Origin of brutalize
1695-1705
First recorded in 1695-1705; brutal + -ize
Related forms
brutalization, noun
overbrutalization, noun
overbrutalize, verb (used with object), overbrutalized, overbrutalizing.
unbrutalize, verb (used with object), unbrutalized, unbrutalizing.
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  • It did not brutalize any who were not very ready for such a process.

    A Jewish Chaplain in France Lee J. Levinger
  • It is impossible to brutalize the inhabitants of the Philippines!

  • Thank God that no attempt has ever been made to brutalize the troops of the Allies.

    Private Peat

    Harold R. Peat
  • "Useful to brutalize a lot of brave souls who merely sought—" he broke off with a new sense of outrage.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • Every effort was made to brutalize a man, and then he was blamed for not being a St. Bernard.

  • God forbid, thought I, that I should brutalize this innocent creature; let her go at her own pace, and let me patiently follow.

  • Nothing could be better calculated to lower and brutalize the character of a soldier than the offer of £25 for a human scalp.

    Glimpses of the Past W. O. Raymond
  • The prison almost invariably tends to brutalize men and breeds bitterness and blank despair.

British Dictionary definitions for brutalize

brutalize

/ˈbruːtəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to make or become brutal
2.
(transitive) to treat brutally
Derived Forms
brutalization, brutalisation, noun
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