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- v. Alternative spelling of desensitize.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. same as desensitize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause not to be sensitive
- v. make insensitive
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That quote is from Scientists look to 'desensitise' kids to food allergens by Stephen Daniells on the FoodNavigator-USA. com site.
This is, at least, a far more interesting debate than the unfounded fear that computer games, like gory films, cause violent behaviour over time or at least 'desensitise' the young to violence.
The research team also believes that the new, safer peanut could also be used to help desensitise sufferers.
A perennial criticism of violence in films is that it's liable to desensitise the viewer.
I think that government and police are doing these things quite deliberately to desensitise and cower the population.
Rather the reverse: the more money people acquire, the more they seek to cocoon and desensitise themselves from the broader community.
However he wondered whether by using the metaphor of rape, Zapiro was not "cheapening" the horror of the act and helping to desensitise people.
I imagine that would desensitise them to the presence of people nearby, but I think in this case that step has already been passed.
Weird I though video games were supposed to desensitise people, but everyone is like “Omg there goes my lunch”.
It may desensitise you somewhat to human suffering, when you encounter it in the real world, but all kinds of things do that, without being intimately connected with your own agency.