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