Definition of lobotomize in US English:


(British lobotomise)


[with object]Surgery
  • 1Perform a lobotomy on.

    • ‘But Rosemary, when she was younger, was lobotomized.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is taken away, and when he returns, he has been lobotomized.’
    • ‘The character has been lobotomised and spends almost the entire play standing against the wall with arms raised as though nailed to a crucifix.’
    • ‘After eight years she was scheduled to be lobotomised and her mother was persuaded to sign the relevant documents.’
    1. 1.1informal Reduce the mental or emotional capacity or ability to function of.
      ‘couples we knew who had been lobotomized by the birth of their children’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’