• WordNet 3.6
    • v brutalise become brutal or insensitive and unfeeling
    • v brutalise make brutal, unfeeling, or inhuman "Life in the camps had brutalized him"
    • v brutalise treat brutally
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Brutalise to make like a brute, to degrade
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. brut—L. brutus, dull, irrational.


In literature:

One is that he may have got brutalised.
"The Ambassadors" by Henry James
I've led the life of the world, with my wife and my progeny; the clumsy conventional expensive materialised vulgarised brutalised life of London.
"The Lesson of the Master" by Henry James
Certainly he was one of the most brutalised specimens of humanity I have ever encountered.
"Russia" by Donald Mackenzie Wallace
All the Mensur does is to brutalise him.
"Three Men on the Bummel" by Jerome K. Jerome
All brutalised; not one with any courage left!
"The Island Pharisees" by John Galsworthy
It rather brutalises, unless it becomes so great that it embraces all things.
"The Great Hunger" by Johan Bojer
They brutalise and degrade both prisoners and officials.
"Prisoner for Blasphemy" by G. W. [George William] Foote
She saw the terror of his life in his marred features, aged, brutalised by excess.
"The Woman With The Fan" by Robert Hichens
Wild, reckless, ruined, vicious, fickle, brutalised by association with wicked women!
"Marie Bashkirtseff (From Childhood to Girlhood)" by Marie Bashkirtseff
The division of labour has multiplied the brutalising influences of forced work.
"The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 with a Preface written in 1892" by Frederick Engels
The suddenness and cruelty of the blow had brutalised his imagination.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
His face was flushed, his eyes inflamed and staring wildly, his hair disordered, and his whole appearance brutalised.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
There were many reasons, but the chief was that reported judgment of the "crowd of us," as "dissolute, brutalised, heartless bunglers.
"Browning's Heroines" by Ethel Colburn Mayne
He was a man whom life had brutalised about half a century earlier.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
In the "Crowning with Thorns" we have the same godlike being almost brutalised by pain and suffering.
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
How many men have brutalised the elegance, the grace, the winning urbanity of Horace!
"Views and Reviews Essays in appreciation" by William Ernest Henley
They may be brutalised with impunity.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Beneath bridges, in tunnels, the anger was dashed with ripples of fury, with spurts of brutalising passion.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
What would Elizabeth think of his brutalisation?
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
Women may avoid it because they know they are unable to sustain it, because they know it does brutalise them.
"The Hearts of Men" by H. Fielding