brutalize

[ broot-l-ahyz ]
/ ˈbrut lˌaɪz /

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

to make brutal.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM brutalize

bru·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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British Dictionary definitions for brutalize

brutalize

brutalise

/ (ˈbruːtəˌlaɪz) /

verb

to make or become brutal
(tr) to treat brutally

Derived forms of brutalize

brutalization or brutalisation, noun
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