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desensitize
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Definition make less sensitive
  • Are these movies desensitizing people to violence?
  • She has become desensitized to profanity.
  • The war desensitized many soldiers
  • My parents did everything they could to desensitize me: bought me books on butterflies, clothes with butterflies, put up butterfly posters in my room.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • It had taken him nearly a year to become desensitized to his childhood, to really notice the squalor that his countrymen accepted as the norm.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • I've had the scent of you in my head all day, and I've grown amazingly desensitized.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • You thought you became desensitized to it, but that was just an illusion.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Finally, through intense indoctrination, beatings, and desensitization, its army cultivated and celebrated extreme brutality in its soldiers.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Note: "awareness spectrum" narcotics are frequently fatal except to desensitized individuals capable of transforming the poison-configuration within their own bodies.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • We got to do the infinitely cool circle thing again, but by that point I was desensitized to both my dread and the whispers that had already begun to follow me.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Desensitize them!
    Eugene Ionesco  --  The Future Is in Eggs
  • On Yamacraw its most important function was to bring joy, relief, and euphoria; it desensitized a person into not caring whether he had a job, clothes for his children, or money for food.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • ...fields in a two-dollar-a-night walk-up fleabag hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, came to naught not only because of her sullen taunts, as I pumped away athwart her aging loins, that I was "slower'n a broke-kneed turtle," nor only because I was desensitized by the oceans of beer I had drunk to allay my initial anxiety, but additionally, I confess, because during the befuddled preliminaries a combination of delaying tactics and fear of disease had caused me somehow to don two condoms—a...
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • It had taken him nearly a year to become desensitized to his childhood, to really notice the squalor that his countrymen accepted as the norm.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • I thought you were desensitized.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • "I've heard if you use too much of that stuff, you can actually desensitize yourself to germs and get more sick."
    Stephanie Perkins  --  Anna and the French Kiss
  • I guess you get desensitized to it.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Maybe it's just because my taste buds are so desensitized to sweet that anything not comprised of at least ninety percent sugar tastes wrong.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • It's called desensitizing.
    Katie McGarry  --  Pushing the Limits
  • ...kind in my life, the feel of that little Baptist hand on my prodigiously straining shaft, and I capitulated immediately, drenching us both, which to my surprise (given her general squeamishness) she didn't seem to mind, blandly swabbing herself off with my proffered handkerchief But after three nights and nine separate orgasms (three each night, counted methodically) I have become very close to being desensitized, and I realize that there is something nearly insane about this activity.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice

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