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