desensitize


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desensitize (someone or something) to (something)

To lessen the effect that someone or something has on someone or something. People blame video games for desensitizing kids to violence. This special toothpaste should desensitize to your teeth to cold beverages.
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desensitize someone to something

to make someone less sensitive to something. The doctor wanted to desensitize the allergic child to pollen. I took injections to desensitize me to house dust.
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People with anxiety disorders immerse themselves in an experience to eventually desensitize themselves to the feelings.
Greenwood of the RAND Corporation notes, "Studies of responses to punishment suggest that initial low levels of punishment and gradual escalation desensitize subjects and make them less likely to respond.
Another gun-control advocate, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, acknowledged in 1996 that the only real justification for such a move was "not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation.
Physicians have used venom from bees and some other insects to desensitize people to those stings, but such therapy for ant stings has depended on extracts of whole ant bodies and has been only partially effective, says Brown.
Pushing more and more government money into financing long-term care services will only further desensitize the public to this risk, increase their appetite for taking advantage of the public programs, and reduce their sense of urgency to plan and insure for long-term care.
That's how long it takes for you to reap what you have sown when you brutalize and desensitize a 3-year-old.
And indeed, as the previous article documents, homosexual activists encourage widespread discussion of their chosen vice to help desensitize the public.
To desensitize the public is to help it view homosexuality with indifference rather than keen emotion.
To desensitize viewers to child porn, sophisticated adult magazines often use cartoons of child rape, bondage, sadism, etc.