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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In many Latin American countries, the police brutalize citizens, who fear for their lives.
I just don't want to become what these people have become: people with no choice but to brutalize and retaliate and put yet another round of fellow human beings up on the cross.
"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 is how long it takes for the brutalization of a 3- to 5-year-old to reach the "prime crime age." 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.
While some have argued that the predator represents the evils of communism, Fidel Castro called the movie a Marxist masterpiece, in which the shark represents the capitalism that brutalizes ordinary Americans.
''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.