What does brutalize mean?

Definitions for brutalize
ˈbrut lˌaɪzbru·tal·ize

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brutalize, brutaliseverb

    treat brutally

  2. brutalize, brutalise, animalize, animaliseverb

    make brutal, unfeeling, or inhuman

    "Life in the camps had brutalized him"

  3. brutalize, brutalise, animalize, animaliseverb

    become brutal or insensitive and unfeeling

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Brutalizeverb

    To make brutal or savage.

  2. To Brutalizeverb

    To grow brutal or savage.

    Etymology: brutaliser, Fr.

    Upon being carried to the Cape of Good Hope, he mixed, in a kind of transport, with his countrymen, brutalized with them in their habit and manners, and would never again return to his foreign acquaintance. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.


  1. brutalize

    To brutalize is to treat someone in a cruel, violent or inhumane manner. It can also refer to the process of making someone cruel, inhumane, or brutish through repeated exposure to violence or other brutal behavior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brutalizeverb

    to make brutal; beasty; unfeeling; or inhuman

  2. Brutalizeverb

    to become brutal, inhuman, barbarous, or coarse and beasty

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brutalize in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brutalize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of brutalize in a Sentence

  1. Amnesty International.Mansoureh Mills:

    We're receiving reports of young people being intentionally shot with metal pellets and other munitions, causing death or horrific injuries. This is the authorities' desperate attempt to brutalize Iranians into submission.

  2. Rodney Wells:

    This is a continuous fight that we have to fight for. We have to fight for justice. We can not continue to let these people brutalize our kids.

  3. Lee Gelernt:

    The statute doesn't have an immigration status exception and the federal government often settles lawsuits whether person is a citizen or non-citizen, harm is harm. And Congress is clear you can't brutalize someone and then say,' Well, they were here illegally.' The fact is these were asylum seekers.

  4. Reed Brody:

    The verdict sends a powerful message that the days when tyrants could brutalize their people, pillage their treasury and escape abroad to a life of luxury are coming to an end.

  5. Thomas Paine, "The Age of Reason":

    Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the bible is filled, it would seem more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.

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