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tr. & intr.v. im·brut·ed, im·brut·ing, im·brutes
To make or become brutal.


to reduce to a bestial state



v.i. -brut•ed, -brut•ing.
to sink to the level of a brute.
im•brute′ment, n.
References in classic literature ?
Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man's features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.
that I who erst contended With Gods to sit the highest, am now constraind Into a Beast, and mixt with bestial slime, This essence to incarnate and imbrute, That to the hight of Deitie aspir'd; But what will not Ambition and Revenge Descend to?
His discussion of the nature and significance of Self-Knowledge in Milton's three major poems stresses so well Milton's sense of the power of good and the way that evil imbrutes humankind as exemplified in the psychology of Adam and Samson and the countervailing Self of the Son and Jesus.
The soul grows clotted by contagion, Imbodies, and imbrutes, till she quite loose The divine property of her first being.
From such amphibolous "looks," the Elder Brother advances to his most constructivist, antiessentialist, antihierarchical expressions, in his intransitives, "Imbodies, and imbrutes.
When lust By unchaste looks, loose gestures, and foul talk, But most by lewd and lavish act of sin, Lets in defilement to the inward parts, The soul grows clotted by contagion, Embodies, and imbrutes, till she quite lose The divine property of her first being.