animalize

[an-uh-muh-lahyz]
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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.
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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Historical Examples of animalize

  • Then to animalize a substance, is only to destroy the obstacles that prevent its being active or sensible.

    The System of Nature, Volume 1

    Paul Henri Thiery (Baron D'Holbach)


British Dictionary definitions for animalize

animalize

animalise

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