brutalize


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brutalize

verb barbarize, be pitiless, be vicious to, be wicked to, brutify, bully, corrupt, decivilize, deform one's character, dehumanize, demoralize, hurt, injure, lead astray, make insensitive, make wicked, maltreat, mislead, molest, oppress, persecute, pervert, render evil, run down, seduce, teach wickedness
Associated concepts: assault, cruel and inhuman punishment
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Zarqawi's efforts to brutalize the Iraqi people into submission are backfiring.
Through its illicit oil operations and trafficking in looted archaeological material from Syria and Iraq, ISIL has generated millions of dollars in hard currency, enabling it to brutalize and oppress innocent civilians," affirmed a State Department statement.
Sir, there is no place in this city, there is no place in this country and indeed there is no place in this world for those who enslave others, those who sexually assault others and those who brutalize others," Russo said.
As they prepare to brutalize each other with staple guns and barbwire, Necro lets The Ram know that he's basically cool with whatever, just as long he doesn't have to do much running or anything.
And no matter what predator/prey relationships exist that fit with Mother Nature's plans, the ones we direct--from "factory" farming systems that brutalize cows, pigs and chickens while seriously polluting the environment, to laboratory work that grinds up species in the name of new shades of toxic eye shadow--are driven entirely by greed, not need.
It's bad enough that some rhesus monkey mothers regularly kick, hit, bite, and otherwise brutalize their babies.