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tr.v. an·i·mal·ized, an·i·mal·iz·ing, an·i·mal·iz·es
1. To cause (another) to behave like an animal.
2. To depict or represent in the form of an animal.

an′i·mal·i·za′tion (-mə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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Noun1.animalization - a depiction in the form of an animal
limning, line drawing, delineation, depiction - a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects
2.animalization - an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualitiesanimalization - 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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On the connection between degradation and animalization, see infra Part IV.B.
This divine fanciullino--drawn from Pascoli, Nietzsche, Leopardi, Saba--requires, according to Martinez Garrido, animalization to fully realize his salvific role as poet-child.
But Wasserman, who could have read the Gentile-snake comparison as proof of the rabbis' animalization of the non-Jew (paralleling Geller's numerous examples of Christian animalization of the Jew), takes this analysis beyond a mere castigation of rabbinic xenophobia.
(7) David Spurr (1993), identified this "observation" as "rhetorical strategies of debasement," namely, a "form of negation in the sense that it negates the value of the other" (1993, 4), or tropes of empire, "animalization" (Shohat and Stam 2014, 137).
"Neuromarketing and the 'Poor in World' Consumer: How the Animalization of Thinking Underpins Contemporary Market Research Discourses," Consumption Markets & Culture 20(1): 59-80.
As Ute demands a series of theatrical performances from her employee, work, sex, coercion, and animalization blend into one another.
Instead, it is symptomatic of the sustained dehumanization and animalization of brown and Black people that counter-protests and government officials directly contributed to.
traceable to an animalization that was inspired out of negativity by the
For a thorough overview of sin as an expression of man's animalization in medieval theology, see Javelet 261-266.
Yet, as it happens, they also matter much to the world since that time, for the notion of man coming out of them has been responsible for so many problems such as extinction of many animal species, exploitation of natural resources, and animalization of certain humans, just to name a few.
Different types of animals are also analyzed by Simone Castaldi in "The Word Made Animal Flesh: Tommaso Landolfi's Bestiary." Their presence threatens to break the signifier/signified relationship when Landolfi presents in his texts an oscillation between the animalization of the language and animals that speak the human language.