from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or become brutal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make brutal
- v. To degrade to the state of a brute
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To sink to the state of a brute.
- transitive v. To degrade to the state of a brute; to make brutal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See embrute.
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God gave them as men and encourage and assist them to become all He has made them capable of being, or whether we will continue wickedly to deny them the privileges we enjoy, condemn them to degradation, enslave, and imbrute them.
Does it follow, that to enslave and imbrute him is either just or wise?
But the tendency of life in the open air is to make the soul imbody and imbrute, and after a while one begins to think scholarship a disease, or, at any rate, a bad habit; and the Scythian nomad, or, if you choose, the Texan cowboy, seems to be the normal, healthy type.
Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man's features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.
As thou hast asked me to testify respecting the physical condition of the slaves merely, I say nothing of the awful neglect of their minds and souls and the systematic effort to imbrute them.
I care, as you know, nothing for them, nor only that, abhor them for their power to imbrute the people accustomed to their spectacles more and more.
_minds and souls_ and the systematic effort to imbrute them.
It claimed that the nation was bound to repent at once, to let the oppressed go free, and to admit them to all the rights and privileges of others; because, it asserted, no man has a right to enslave or imbrute his brother; because liberty is inalienable; because there is no difference, in principle, between slave - holding and man-stealing, which the law brands as piracy; and because no length of bondage can invalidate man's claim to himself, or render slave laws anything but "an audacious usurpation."
Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man’s features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.