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verb (used with object), bru·tal·ized, bru·tal·iz·ing.
  1. to make brutal.
  2. to treat (someone) with brutality.
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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.
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Examples from the Web for brutalization

Historical Examples

  • Brutalization or divinization is fate of three men in us, vi.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4

    Plotinos (Plotinus)

  • Divinization of brutalization, is fate of three men in us, vi.

  • Brutalization of the Malayan Filipino has been demonstrated to be impossible.

  • The increasing demoralization and brutalization of the young that is being discussed so much, is partly due to these conditions.

  • The very existence of slavery requires and demands the brutalization of the governing power that upholds it.

British Dictionary definitions for brutalization



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