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brutalize

verb [T] (UK usually brutalise)     /ˈbruː.təl.aɪz/ US  /-t̬əl-/
to treat someone in a cruel and violent way: The police in that country routinely brutalize prisoners .Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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