Definition of lobotomize in English:

lobotomize

Line breaks: lob¦ot¦om|ize
Pronunciation: /ləˈbɒtəmʌɪz
 
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(also lobotomise)

verb

[with object] Surgery
  • 1Perform a lobotomy on: her brother had developed a schizophrenic illness and had been lobotomized
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    • There is no known documentation that Farmer was ever lobotomized; and indeed, this gruesome tale may distract attention from the legitimate horrors she and other patients were subjected to, including the denial of civil rights.
    • But Rosemary, when she was younger, was lobotomized.
    • He is taken away, and when he returns, he has been lobotomized.
  • 1.1 informal Make (someone) less able to function mentally or emotionally: couples we knew who had been lobotomized by the birth of their children
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    • Ask any Australian who hasn't had their conscience lobotomized by the Right Wing Death Beasts.
    • If teachers didn't resist each new fad, they'd be lobotomized.
    • And then the writers seemed to want to lobotomize Justin into a kid who sank to his knees every time Brian got within 50 feet of him.

Derivatives

lobotomization

noun
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  • The social myth around leaders serves to program life out of people who, with the social lobotomization, appear as cheerful robots.

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