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imbrute

or em·brute

[ im-broot ]

verb (used with or without object)

, im·brut·ed, im·brut·ing.
  1. to degrade or sink to the level of a brute.


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Other Words From

  • im·brutement em·brutement noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of imbrute1

First recorded in 1625–35; im- 1 + brute 1

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Example Sentences

Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man's features; any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.

Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man's features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.

Imbrute (said to have been coined by Milton) is also intransitive; in Par.

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