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verb (used with object), an·i·mal·ized, an·i·mal·iz·ing.
  1. to excite the animal passions of; brutalize; sensualize.
  2. Fine Arts. to represent in animal form or endow with animal features.
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Also especially British, an·i·mal·ise.

Origin of animalize

First recorded in 1735–45; animal + -ize
Related formsan·i·mal·i·za·tion, noun
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  • A discerning one might easily regard himself at present as the animalization of God.

    Beyond Good and Evil

    Friedrich Nietzsche

British Dictionary definitions for animalization



  1. (tr) to rouse to brutality or sensuality or make brutal or sensual
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Derived Formsanimalization or animalisation, noun
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