• WordNet 3.6
    • v brutalize become brutal or insensitive and unfeeling
    • v brutalize make brutal, unfeeling, or inhuman "Life in the camps had brutalized him"
    • v brutalize treat brutally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Brutalize To become brutal, inhuman, barbarous, or coarse and beasty. "He mixed . . . with his countrymen, brutalized with them in their habits and manners."
    • v. t Brutalize To make brutal; beasty; unfeeling; or inhuman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brutalize To make brutal, coarse, gross, or inhuman; lower to the level of a brute.
    • brutalize To become brutal, inhuman, or coarse and beastly.
    • brutalize Also spelled brutalise.
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  • Raymond Chandler
    “Such is the brutalization of commercial ethics in this country that no one can feel anything more delicate than the velvet touch of a soft buck.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.”
  • Charles Krauthammer
    Charles Krauthammer
    “There is no comparing the brutality and cynicism of today's pop culture with that of forty years ago: from High Noon to Robocop is a long descent.”
  • Max Lerner
    “We cannot live by power, and a culture that seeks to live by it becomes brutal and sterile. But we can die without it.”
  • Jean Genet
    “There is a close relationship between flowers and convicts. The fragility and delicacy of the former are of the same nature as the brutal insensitivity of the latter.”
  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
    “Profaneness is a brutal vice. He who indulges in it is no gentleman.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. brutaliser,


In literature:

Doubtless this brutality stirred revengeful sentiments in the mind of Rosamond.
"Historical Tales, Vol 5 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
At the same time there was a revival of terrorism, the one available reply of the oppressed to brutal autocracy.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
My would-be assassin was actually forced to sit down, he was so weak from brutal laughter.
"Biltmore Oswald" by J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
This is my brutal explanation.
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
The man was a dull, brutal cur, and, when drunk, especially savage.
"Guy Livingstone;" by George A. Lawrence
It came to pass that at the same time I discovered in it a certain stupidity, a vague brutality.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
He would write to his friends of what he had learned of the brutalities of slavery.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
Who would not find it humiliating to have his sublime meditations interrupted in such a tricky, brutal way?
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
Thus Mohammedans cannot and do not deny that women have souls, but their brutal treatment of women has naturally led to this view.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
Gaskins brutally jerked the shrinking mulatto forward, and forced her to mount one of the horses.
"The Devil's Own" by Randall Parrish

In poetry:

I wot there be women that quarrel and scold
And rage in their rooms like the wolf in the fold;
I wot there be men that are brutal and base,
And homes that are hells of Despair and Disgrace.
"The Workman's Wife: (A Ballad," by Martin Farquhar Tupper
In revolutionary France,
(During that bloody scene,)
Whose head cut off and heart torn out.
With brutal rage were shown about,
First to the multitude throughout,
Then thrust before the queen ?
"Enigma XIX." by Elizabeth Hitchener
How fair it was, that feast of the sins which are seven!
Every desire glowed out in a brutal blaze;
The appetites, prompt pages harried and driven,
Set forth the rose-red wines upon golden trays.
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith
I think the Lord made a mistake
When he designed the human race,
That man and angel in the make
Should have brutality for base.
Jehovah might have planned at least
Not to confound us with the beast.
"Procreation" by Robert W Service
Let kings rely upon their host,
And of his strength the champion boast;
In vain they boast, in vain rely;
In vain we trust the brutal force,
Or speed, or courage, of a horse,
To guard his rider or to fly.
"Psalm 33 Part 2" by Isaac Watts
Where history's Martyr dared to break
The power that held a race in chains,
I see the ghastly lynching-stake,
Where brutal mobs their vengeance take,
And, since no law their course restrains,
Gloat o'er their writhing victim's pains.
"Fallen" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Conditions at Augusta, Bush Field, GA. GLASCOCK COUNTY, Ga. Another suspect in the brutal murder of a Glascock County mother has requested a change of venue .
President Clinton and European leaders find the Russians' brutal war against the secessionist province of Chechnya "unacceptable" and demand its end.
A Forest Hill pastor brutally bludgeoned to death inside his own church had counseled his attacker and the man's wife, a longtime church member said Tuesday.
Personal information had been compromised, she did so with the demeanor of a mobster or a petulant child, declaring that she wanted “that man brutalized”.
' Cold Blood ' Tackles Brutal 1995 Lesbian Murder in Park Slope.
It's one of America's most haunting crime stories: four members of a Kansas family brutally murdered on Nov 15, 1959, at their rural farmhouse.
With Victor's identity known from near the get-go, " Commandment 's" shocks are delivered by the bloody brutality of his acts.
In 1984, Banks's first novel, The Wasp Factory, attained cult status in England for its accomplished yet brutal portrait of a serial killer.
Spencer Michels reports on a California nonprofit using high-tech tools to document patterns of brutality and combat human rights abuses across the globe.
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the escalation of the Syrian regime's violent and brutal attacks on its own people.
The Wisconsin Badger offense finally came to life in the fourth quarter of the sixth game of the season on Saturday, showing the brutal, pounding ground game that's been missing this year, and ensuring a 31-14 win over Illinois.
The songs here, even when they stretch out past the eight-minute mark, are brutal and efficient, and Pike's expanded his range as a vocalist.
Wildfires aren't the only things firefighters are coping with these days: the brutal heat wave has driven snakes, rodents, spiders and other pests into homes, and frightened residents are calling fire departments for help.
LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Pricey gasoline is brutal on the wallet.
The master of the smart thriller takes on Ellroy's tale of Hollywood brutality.

In science:

This is a rather brutal weakening of (1.2): for instance, it would classify a translation in Rd as mixing! Therefore, however illuminating [Sa], the Krengel–Sucheston definitions are of little applicability to most simple extensive systems that mathematicians would like to study.
On infinite-volume mixing
This must be the effect of the neuronal organization of the visual areas of our brains that, despite the high variability of the flux of photons impinging on our retinas, manage to maintain in our consciouness a representation that seems to be protected from brutal variations.
Hyperbolic planforms in relation to visual edges and textures perception
The ultimate goal of this section and of Section 9.1.2 is the same as that of Section 8.2: to obtain graphs Θ whose resolvent edges encode resolvent entries with upper indices a (up to a negligible error term that can be estimated brutally).
Averaging Fluctuations in Resolvents of Random Band Matrices
In the second step, which is the content of Section 9.1.2, we use (9.2) to replace all maximally expanded diagonal resolvent entries (in A(Π) for any Π ∈ D(Γ)) with resolvent entries having upper indices a (again up to a negligible error term that can be estimated brutally).
Averaging Fluctuations in Resolvents of Random Band Matrices
As in Section 6, although this procedure in general does not terminate, it does increase the number of off-diagonal terms, which allows us to stop brutally once a sufficient number of off-diagonal terms have been generated.
Averaging Fluctuations in Resolvents of Random Band Matrices