imbrute

im·brute

 (ĭm-bro͞ot′)
tr. & intr.v. im·brut·ed, im·brut·ing, im·brutes
To make or become brutal.

imbrute

(ɪmˈbruːt)
vb
to reduce to a bestial state

im•brute

(ɪmˈbrut)

v.i. -brut•ed, -brut•ing.
to sink to the level of a brute.
[1625–35]
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?
To ensure good behavior, the slaveholder relies on the whip; to induce proper humility, he relies on the whip; to rebuke what he is pleased to term insolence, he relies on the whip; to supply the place of wages, as an incentive to toil, he relies on the whip; to bind down the spirit of the slave, to imbrute and destroy his manhood, he relies on the whip.
216 Incarnare e imbruttir l'Essenza mia > Incarnare e imbrutir l'Essenza mia per This essence to incarnate and imbrute; v.
Satan is repulsed by the thought of the hypostatic union of his angelic substance with brute matter, 'This essence to incarnate and imbrute' (IX.
The soul grows clotted by contagion, Imbodies, and imbrutes, till she quite loose The divine property of her first being.
That I who erst contended With gods to sit the highest, am now constrained Into a beast, and mixed with bestial slime, This essence to incarnate and imbrute, That to the height of deity aspired ...
Paradise Lost is saturated with this same theory, proposing that formal essence is determined by ethics: Adam learns from Raphael that "By steps we may ascend to God" if he remains obedient, by which steadfastness "Your bodies may at last turn all to spirit, / Improved by tract of time" and be "convert[ed...] / To proper substance" (5.512, 497-98, 292-93); Satan also experiences a formal change of his essentia, but it is an ontological "fall" down the ladder of being in which "spirits of purest light, / Purest at first, now gross by sinning grown" (6.660-61), as manifested by their very "essence to incarnate and imbrute" (9.166), are visibly altered.
Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man's features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.
In Book 9 Satan voluntarily adopted the form of the snake to facilitate the Fall of Eve, and yet even as he temporarily changed "This essence to incarnate and imbrute" to perform his greatest "triumph," he detests the "foul descent" down the scale of being:
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.
but when lust By unchaste looks, loose gestures, and foul talk, But most by leud and lavish act of sin, Lets in defilement to the inward parts, The soul grows clotted by contagion, Imbodies, and imbrutes, till she quite loose The divine property of her first being.