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Definition of brutalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brutalize
    he / she / it brutalizes
    past simple brutalized
    -ing form brutalizing
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  1. 1brutalize 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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