lobotomize

[luh-bot-uh-mahyz, loh-]
verb (used with object), lo·bot·o·mized, lo·bot·o·miz·ing.
  1. to perform a lobotomy on.
  2. to make (someone or something) abnormally tranquil or sluggish.
Also especially British, lo·bot·o·mise.

Origin of lobotomize

First recorded in 1940–45; lobotom(y) + -ize
Related formslo·bot·o·mist, nounlo·bot·o·mi·za·tion, noun
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Word Origin and History for lobotomize
v.

1943; see lobotomy + -ize. Related: Lobotomized.

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