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tr.v. bru·tal·ized, bru·tal·iz·ing, bru·tal·iz·es
1. To make cruel, harsh, or unfeeling.
2. To treat cruelly or harshly.

bru′tal·i·za′tion (-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brutalization - the condition of being treated in a cruel and savage manner
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
2.brutalization - the activity of treating someone savagely or viciously
actus reus, wrongful conduct, misconduct, wrongdoing - activity that transgresses moral or civil law; "he denied any wrongdoing"
3.brutalization - an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualitiesbrutalization - an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualities
degradation, debasement - changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
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The brutalization of women and girls is central to their ideology.
Hardly a day goes by without evidence of intimidation, brutalization, torture or killing amounting to serious violations of international humanitarian law.
Also, for many Sunni villagers under ISIS' control, ISIS is just less bad than the brutalization and discrimination they received from Iraq's previous Shiite-led government.
EIT" is, of course, the technocratic euphemism for the systematic brutalization of helpless, captive human beings by wretched cowards armed with the power of the state.
19 op ed piece in The New York Times, Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, slammed the world's--including the United Nations'--relative indifference to the large-scale brutalization of many thousands of Christians in the Middle East, while being quick to protest Palestinian casualties in Gaza.
TUNIS (TAP) - Tunisia 1/2strongly[c] condemns the incursion of the Israeli forces in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the ban imposed on prayers to enter the compound and the brutalization of several of them.
During his stay in Tehran, he will participate in the meeting of the Parliamentary Union of OIC Members Countries (PUIC) on the ongoing brutalization and innocent killings being waged by the Zionist regime on the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip and Israeli occupied Palestinian territories, said a press release.
Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi added, "Not only rape and murder but brutalization is happening in UP.
further escalation, oppression and brutalization of the Palestinian people.
Ramallah, Sha'ban 21, 1435, Jun 19, 2014, SPA -- The Palestinian foreign ministry, in a statement Thursday, strongly condemned statements made by Israeli Deputy Minister of Defense Danny Danon, in which he, along with other Israeli extremist officials, called for further escalation, oppression and brutalization of the Palestinian people.
For nearly the last three years the authorities have doggedly pursued an "iron fist" solution to a peaceful, civilian-led uprising, with the result being death, destruction and brutalization on a scale that has horrified the civilized world.
Somewhat in contrast to Rein's argument, Stephen Lehnstaedt argues in the highly original and well-researched essay on the experiences of Nazi troops in occupied Minsk that self-imposed isolation from the locals, perceived "backwardness" of their way of life, and various privations and psychological pressures, fused with racial stereotypes about European "East," led to the quick brutalization of German military personnel.