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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For a certain segment of impressionable, misguided, and violence-prone youth, derogatory statements made in the social and political discourse are perceived to give them license to brutalize gays and lesbians.
They must understand -- to begin with -- how it can feel to spend years denying your own deepest truths, to sit silently through classes, meals, and church services while people you love toss off remarks that brutalize your soul.
That's how long it takes for you to reap what you have sown when you brutalize and desensitize a 3-year-old.
Once he realizes the powers the spring's water can afford him, he brutalizes Kabira, kills her entire family, forces her to marry him, aborts her daughters, and steals her sons.
This is a regime that brutalizes its population, that brutalizes women in particular, that executes its citizens summarily in a stadium that was given to it by the United Nations for sports games,'' she said.
For all of his insights, however, Cumings--who professes empathy for the underdog--has written an apologia for a regime that brutalizes its citizens, is openly hostile to the United States and South Korea, and heedless of international law.