lobotomize

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Etymology[edit]

lobotomy +‎ -ize

Verb[edit]

lobotomize (third-person singular simple present lobotomizes, present participle lobotomizing, simple past and past participle lobotomized)

  1. (transitive) To perform a lobotomy upon.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To remove the vitality or intelligence from.
    • 2003, Peter Piven, ‎Bradford Perkins, Architect's Essentials of Starting, Assessing and Transitioning a Design Firm
      Eventually, though, the committee found that, in the name of prudent management, they had, essentially, “lobotomized” the firm. Devoid of its personality, and constipated in its decision making, the office muddled its way into mediocrity.