verb (used with object), an·i·mal·ized, an·i·mal·iz·ing.

to excite the animal passions of; brutalize; sensualize.
Fine Arts. to represent in animal form or endow with animal features.

Nearby words

  1. animalier,
  2. animalism,
  3. animalist,
  4. animalistic,
  5. animality,
  6. animally,
  7. animate,
  8. animated,
  9. animated cartoon,
  10. animated oat

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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




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

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