verb barbarize, be pitiless, be vicious to, be wicked to, brutify, bully, corrupt, decivilize, deform one's character, dehumanize, demoralize, hurt, injure, lead astray, make insensitive, make wicked, maltreat, mislead, molest, oppress, persecute, pervert, render evil, run down, seduce, teach wickedness, tyrranize associated concepts: assault, cruel and inhuman punishment

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  • Brutalize — Bru tal*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brutalized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Brutalizing}.] [Cf. F. brutaliser.] To make brutal; beasty; unfeeling; or inhuman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brutalize — Bru tal*ize, v. i. To become brutal, inhuman, barbarous, or coarse and beasty. [R.] [1913 Webster] He mixed . . . with his countrymen, brutalized with them in their habits and manners. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brutalize — (Amer.) bru·tal·ize || bruːtÉ™laɪz v. cause to become cruel or inhuman; become brutal; dehumanize; behave cruelly; mistreat (also brutalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • brutalize — (also brutalise) ► VERB 1) make brutal by frequent exposure to violence. 2) treat brutally. DERIVATIVES brutalization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • brutalize — [bro͞ot′ l īz΄] vt. brutalized, brutalizing 1. to make brutal 2. to treat in a brutal way vi. to become brutal brutalization n …   English World dictionary

  • brutalize — UK [ˈbruːtəlaɪz] / US [ˈbrut(ə)lˌaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms brutalize : present tense I/you/we/they brutalize he/she/it brutalizes present participle brutalizing past tense brutalized past participle brutalized 1) to make someone lose… …   English dictionary

  • brutalize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: circa 1704 1. to make brutal, unfeeling, or inhuman < temperaments brutalized by poverty and disease > 2. to treat brutally < an accord not to brutalize prisoners of war > • brutalization …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brutalize — brutalization, n. /brooht l uyz /, v.t. brutalized, brutalizing. 1. to make brutal. 2. to treat (someone) with brutality. Also, esp. Brit., brutalise. [1695 1705; BRUTAL + IZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • brutalize — Synonyms and related words: assault, attack, barbarize, bastardize, batter, burn, butcher, callous, carry on, case harden, corrupt, debauch, demoralize, deprave, destroy, go on, hammer, harden, indurate, inure, lay waste, loot, maul, mug, ossify …   Moby Thesaurus

  • brutalize — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. See deterioration. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To ruin utterly in character or quality: animalize, bastardize, bestialize, canker, corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralize, deprave, pervert, stain,… …   English dictionary for students

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