brutalize brutalize  /b ˈru tə ˌlaɪz/


  1. (v) treat brutally
  2. (v) make brutal, unfeeling, or inhuman
  3. (v) become brutal or insensitive and unfeeling


  1. Other Orange lodges soon proliferated and sent howling mobs of Protestants out to brutalize the Catholics.
  2. There is less willingness than there used to be to hold kids down and brutalize them.
  3. In my judgment the influence of such punishment as I have outlined cannot fail to brutalize and arouse prejudices and passions that will be of long standing.


  • An interesting line in an obit tells the story

    Football, or rather sports in general, can be a brutal business. I’ve seen fans and observers brutalize young umpires and referees – too often, in fact – who are just trying to get involved, learn a new skill and contribute to youth leagues.
    on August 28, 2013     Source: Highland Community News


  1. "We intend to train a growing number of law students in this area of the law in the hope that they will ultimately lead a national effort to make it illegal to brutalize and exploit these helpless creatures," Barker said.
    on Mar 22, 2005 By: Bob Barker Source: Crain's Chicago Business

  2. "They bring women to barracks, rape and brutalize them and then dump them back in their villages. The world should enforce sanctions on them and try them for human rights violations," Levesque said.
    on Jun 4, 2008 By: René Lévesque Source: The Asian Pacific Post

  3. "Unilateral concessions to the dictatorship embolden it to further isolate, imprison and brutalize pro-democracy activists," Diaz-Balart said.
    on May 13, 2009 By: Lincoln Diaz-Balart Source: Arkansas Democrat Gazette

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