imbrute

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imbrute (third-person singular simple present imbrutes, present participle imbruting, simple past and past participle imbruted)

  1. To make brutal
    • 1849, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, The Caxtons, Complete[1]:
      It was his belief in his father's indifference or dislike that hardened and imbruted him; it is only when he hears how that father loved him that I now melt his pride and curb his passions.
  2. To degrade to the state of a brute
    • 1905, Various, The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2[2]:
      How deep was the change, made upon the imbruted Asiatics, we may perhaps question.
    • 1855, Daniel Drayton, Personal Memoir Of Daniel Drayton[3]:
      So imbruted and stupefied by slavery was this old woman, that she seemed to think the selling her boy away from her a perfectly humane, Christian and proper act, while all her indignation was turned against me, who had merely afforded the boy an opportunity of securing his freedom!
    • 1851, Joseph Xavier Saintine, The Solitary of Juan Fernandez, or The Real Robinson Crusoe[4]:
      Notwithstanding all that has been said, the solitary is a man imbruted, vegetating, deprived of his crown.

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