Definition of desensitization in US English:


(British desensitisation)


  • See desensitize

    • ‘The process of desensitization to violence through repeated exposure in the media has been studied for decades.’
    • ‘I believe in the effect of an increasing desensitization of people towards violence, and I believe that violent images of women are damaging.’
    • ‘This motivation thus affords the opportunity for exposure, which may make desensitization of fear or ambivalence toward a dangerous product like cigarettes possible.’
    • ‘Would you say that bringing emotion into the story, letting the reporter speak from the heart, is also helping avoid the desensitization?’
    • ‘Many other studies show marked changes in aggressive and deviant attitudes resulting from pornographic desensitization.’