- [c]/ˈbrutəlaɪz/ (say 'broohtuhluyz)
verb (brutalised, brutalising)
1. to make brutish: *How habitual sin and misery suffice to brutalize `the human face divine'! –marcus clarke, 1874.
2. to treat in a brutal fashion: to brutalise the slaves.
3. to make someone brutish: *it is true that servitude, except when it actually brutalises, though corrupting to both, is less so to the slaves than to the slavemasters. –junie morosi, 1975.
Also, brutalize. –brutalisation /ˌbrutəlaɪˈzeɪʃən/ (say .broohtuhluy'zayshuhn), noun
Usage: The basic sense of this word in its transitive use is `to make brutal' meaning `to cause to become brutish in behaviour'. There is another meaning which has had currency since the late 18th century – `to treat in a brutal fashion'. Although there are still those who feel that this second meaning is incorrect, it is given without comment in major English dictionaries and there is corpus evidence of its use in Australian English.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.
Look at other dictionaries:
brutalisé — brutalisé, ée (bru ta li zé, zée) part. passé. Maltraité. Cet apprenti brutalisé par son maître … Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré
brutalise — rutalise v. t. 1. to treat brutally. Syn: brutalize. [WordNet 1.5] 2. to cause to become like a brute; as, life in the concentration camp had brutalised him. Syn: brutalize. [WordNet 1.5] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
brutalise — rutalise v. i. to become brutal. Syn: brutalize. [WordNet 1.5] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
brutalise — (Brit.) v. cause to become cruel or inhuman; become brutal; dehumanize; behave cruelly; mistreat (also brutalize) … English contemporary dictionary
brutalise — British variant of brutalize … New Collegiate Dictionary
brutalise — verb a) To brutally inflict violence on something. b) To make something brutal, or … Wiktionary
brutalise — [[t]bru͟ːtəlaɪz[/t]] see brutalize … English dictionary
brutalise — UK [ˈbruːtəˌlaɪz] / US brutalize … English dictionary
brutalise — verb 1. treat brutally • Syn: ↑brutalize • Derivationally related forms: ↑brutalisation, ↑brutalization (for: ↑brutalize) • Hypernyms: ↑treat … Useful english dictionary
brutalised — brutalise (Brit.) v. cause to become cruel or inhuman; become brutal; dehumanize; behave cruelly; mistreat (also brutalize) … English contemporary dictionary