desensitize desensitize  /dɪs ˈɛn sə ˌtaɪz/


  1. (v) cause not to be sensitive
  2. (v) make insensitive




  1. But without an adult to help children articulate what they are seeing, these stories can be disturbing or can desensitize them to the consequences of real violence.
  2. Quake and its ilk may have helped desensitize a generation--but you're blasting cyborgs, not classmates, and you're certainly not constructing pipe bombs.
  3. Some of the worst crimes were carried out by gangs of child soldiers, who were fed drugs to desensitize them to the horror of their actions.


  • Photo: Horsing around - Tue, 23 Jul 2013 PST

    Having a ball: 4-H South Horse Camp campers toss bouncy balls to each other during a drill to desensitize their horses on the final morning of a three-day camp at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Almost 40 kids participated in reining, Western and English Equitation, leather stamping, drill team and dressage. “We want to make great adults out of these kids” 4-H program coordinator Kate ...
    on July 23, 2013     Source: The Spokesman-Review


  1. "I've almost had to desensitize myself to (all the injuries) because it will directly affect how I ski," said Brydon. "You have to take your mind away from the potential danger. We do sign up for this but ...... the sheer numbers are...
    on Jan 17, 2010 By: Emily Brydon Source: Toronto Sun

  2. "Little Johnny should be learning how to read, not how to kill cops," Schumer said. "The bottom line is that games that are aimed and marketed at kids shouldn't desensitize them to death and destruction."
    on Jun 20, 2005 By: Charles Schumer Source: GameSpot

  3. When he worked with Pryor "using the word, we were trying to defuse it, trying to desensitize people to it ...... take the power out of it," explains Mooney. "But the word is an equal opportunity word now with Latin kids and white kids saying...
    on Apr 1, 2007 By: Paul Mooney Source: Canton Repository (subscription)

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