from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive & intransitive verb To make or become brutal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • See embrute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To sink to the state of a brute.
  • transitive verb To degrade to the state of a brute; to make brutal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To make brutal
  • verb To degrade to the state of a brute


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  • "At present, man applies to nature but half his force. He works on the world with his understanding alone. He lives in it, and masters it by a penny-wisdom; and he that works most in it, is but a half-man, and whilst his arms are strong and his digestion good, his mind is imbruted, and he is a selfish savage. "

    -except from Ch. VII of Emerson's Nature (not a font of enlightenment so much as quaint phrasing)

    July 31, 2009