Definition of brutalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    brutalize

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈbrut̮lˌaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brutalize
     
    he / she / it brutalizes
     
    past simple brutalized
     
    -ing form brutalizing
     
     
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  1. 1 brutalize somebody to treat someone in a cruel or violent way The prisoners were brutalized and deprived of basic rights.
  2. 2 [usually passive] brutalize somebody to make someone unable to feel normal human emotions such as sympathy soldiers brutalized by war
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