Definition of lobotomize in English:

lobotomize

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Surgery
  • 1Perform a lobotomy on.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is taken away, and when he returns, he has been lobotomized.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘If teachers didn't resist each new fad, they'd be lobotomized.’
      • ‘Ask any Australian who hasn't had their conscience lobotomized by the Right Wing Death Beasts.’

Pronunciation

lobotomize

/ləˈbɑdəˌmaɪz//ləˈbädəˌmīz/