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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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`Living in such a brutalizing world--the speed, the constant stress, the state of deep struggle as we try to cope with hardships in our lives--then listening to the prayer to somebody who is bigger then us, mightier than us, does make a difference,' says Sister Teresa.
In retrospect, this misreading seems to have triggered the central concern of Araeen's career: how to contest and contend with a culturally brutalizing and patronizing mode of consumption and interpretation of non-Western art by Western audiences.
Consider, for example, the recent Persian Gulf crisis, the brutalizing of a citizen in Los Angeles by one of the best trained police forces in the US, and the environmental havoc wrought by the Exxon Valdez.
Police Spokesman Sam Collins confirms the arrest of some students on the Capitol Hill campus of the University, but he further denies brutalizing of students.
Nilda Roman, a welfare recipient from New York, joined Graves in criticizing Clinton, pointing out that the new welfare law forces people out of educational programs and into employment that is often demeaning and brutalizing. That is, if they can find any employment at all.
As he brought out of the closet 200 years of brutalizing blacks and exhorted the nation to right the wrongs, he tackled an issue so controversial and sought to change a feeling so deeply ingrained that it remains the nation's most divisive to this day.
government wasn't their friend back when Saddam Hussein was a trusted ally and was brutalizing Kurds right up to the day he invaded Kuwait.
The Israeli troops "were brutalizing the Palestinian population because the intifada had brutalized the [Israeli Defense Forces]." But now their nation "was repeating the mistakes made by the British in India, the French in Algeria, and the Americans in Vietnam." Above all, they insist over and over again, Israel must come to terms with 1.7 million Palestinians who do not choose to be governed by them.