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What is another word for brutalizing?

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Present participle for to inflict emotional or physical harm or distress upon
“Thus, to achieve the retributive satisfaction they crave, they brutalize their victims still more.”
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Present participle for to physically assault or attack someone
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“They promised not to harm them, not to torture or brutalize them.”
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Present participle for to bully in an intimidating, bossy, or supercilious way
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“In the vacuum created by weak or failed governments, non-state actors sometimes intimidate and brutalize benign populations into submission.”
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Present participle for to make or become less than a human being, like a brute
“The colonization process de-civilized the colonizer by turning him into an oppressor, serving to brutalize him in the true sense of the word.”
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Present participle for to cause to become depraved
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“The insane, ridiculous, and absurd system, far from repressing crime, has a direct tendency to brutalize the mind.”
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Present participle for to desensitize or cause to be callous and unfeeling
“To a large degree, the life he'd led would brutalize him, turning him dispassionate and cold.”
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Present participle for to inflict severe physical pain on
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Present participle for to physically attack ferociously and wound
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Present participle for to make or become bent or twisted out of shape
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Present participle for to cause damage to
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