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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.
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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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