verb (used with object), bru·tal·ized, bru·tal·iz·ing.

to make brutal.
to treat (someone) with brutality.

Also especially British, bru·tal·ise.

Origin of brutalize

First recorded in 1695–1705; brutal + -ize
Related formsbru·tal·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·bru·tal·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·bru·tal·ize, verb (used with object), o·ver·bru·tal·ized, o·ver·bru·tal·iz·ing.un·bru·tal·ize, verb (used with object), un·bru·tal·ized, un·bru·tal·iz·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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to make or become brutal
(tr) to treat brutally
Derived Formsbrutalization or brutalisation, noun
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