Definition of brutalize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    brutalize

     verb
    (British English also -ise)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbruːtəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbruːtəlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brutalize
    BrE BrE//ˈbruːtəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbruːtəlaɪz//
     
    he / she / it brutalizes
    BrE BrE//ˈbruːtəlaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbruːtəlaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple brutalized
    BrE BrE//ˈbruːtəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbruːtəlaɪzd//
     
    past participle brutalized
    BrE BrE//ˈbruːtəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbruːtəlaɪzd//
     
    -ing form brutalizing
    BrE BrE//ˈbruːtəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbruːtəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[usually passive] brutalize somebody to make somebody unable to feel normal human emotions such as pity soldiers brutalized by war
  2. 2brutalize somebody to treat somebody in a cruel or violent way The prisoners were brutalized and deprived of basic rights.
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