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imbrute

or em·brute

[im-broot]
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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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Origin of imbrute

First recorded in 1625–35; im-1 + brute1
Related formsim·brute·ment, em·brute·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for imbrute

Historical Examples

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

    Milton's Comus

    John Milton

  • 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.