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[broot-l-ahyz] /ˈbrut lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), brutalized, brutalizing.
to make brutal.
to treat (someone) with brutality.
Also, especially British, brutalise.
Origin of brutalize
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


to make or become brutal
(transitive) to treat brutally
Derived Forms
brutalization, brutalisation, noun
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