[ an-uh-muh-lahyz ]
/ ˈæn ə məˌlaɪz /

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.
Also especially British, an·i·mal·ise.

Origin of animalize

First recorded in 1735–45; animal + -ize

Related forms

an·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



/ (ˈænɪməˌlaɪz) /


(tr) to rouse to brutality or sensuality or make brutal or sensual

Derived Forms

animalization or animalisation, noun
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