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.

Nearby words

  1. brut,
  2. brutal,
  3. brutalise,
  4. brutalism,
  5. brutality,
  6. brutally,
  7. brute,
  8. brute force,
  9. brute-force attack,
  10. brutely

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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British Dictionary definitions for brutalize

brutalize

brutalise

/ (ˈbruːtəˌlaɪz) /

verb

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

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