Etymology
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brutalize (v.)

"make coarse, gross, or inhuman, lower to the level of a brute," 1740, from brutal + -ize. Related: Brutalized; brutalizing. An earlier verb was brutify (1660s), from French brutifier. Related: Brutification.

updated on August 13, 2017

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Definitions of brutalize from WordNet

brutalize (v.)
treat brutally;
Synonyms: brutalise
brutalize (v.)
make brutal, unfeeling, or inhuman;
Life in the camps had brutalized him
Synonyms: brutalise / animalize / animalise
brutalize (v.)
become brutal or insensitive and unfeeling;
Synonyms: brutalise / animalize / animalise
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