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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of brutalise.


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  • After many years I had to abandon ship in disgust at the early smug pioneers of our new, all humane, all positive ethos that would usher in a new generation of youngsters filled with idealism, never having been 'brutalised' by horrible disciplinarians like myself.

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  • And this is made worse by the fact that within an authoritarian society- and all societies in the world are still authoritarian to a very large degree- a life of duty and discipline, repression and rage is functionally adaptive to society, even if it inevitably creates the kind of brutalised spirit we see in our friend Jay here.

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  • The attorney-general said such systems produced "brutalised" individuals who reoffended when released back into the community.

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  • Their report, in 1999, said: "People are brutalised for attempting to raise grievances with the companies; in some cases security forces threatened, beat, and jailed members of community delegations even before they presented their cases."

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  • I recall something a thoughtful American friend said to me in Haiti in 2004, a year when that country was more than usually brutalised by American power, “When you see other people waving their country's ’ flags you think, ‘That’s nice, they love their country.’ When you see the American flag, you know people are going to die.”

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  • Uganda, by comparison, has relatively higher levels of freedom of speech and press, and the opposition can, at least, be seen being brutalised by state security, and heard crying out about being muzzled and about an uneven playing field.

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  • In between he gives an unforgettable picture of life in unspeakable conditions, where the prisoner's brutalised consciousness revolves around theft and the impossibility of personal hygiene, as something to focus on other than the crematorium chimneys in the next compound.

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  • My picture of a state mental institution was imprecise but lurid, coloured by nightmarish memories of eighteenth-century cartoons showing brutalised patients strapped to their beds or chained to the walls.

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  • The grandson of a Kenyan cook in the British army who was detained and brutalised as a Mau Mau suspect stood up before both houses of parliament in Westminster Hall and a proceeded to give them a lecture on leadership.

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  • It is 27 years since Britain has had cause to cheer three representatives so deep into this tournament, a sad statement when read in isolation, cause for minor celebration among those brutalised by serial disappointment.

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