desensitize (someone or something) to (something)

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desensitize (someone or something) to (something)

To lessen the effect that 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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'During this dark chapter in our history, when there is a prevailing culture of impunity and blatant attempts to desensitize us to violence and corruption, we are called upon to speak up, stand up and fight back,' De Lima said.
Leila de Lima, who is in detention on drug-related charges that she claims are motivated by politics, called on Filipinos to emulate Rizal and stand up against "intimidation, injustices and hopelessness." She said that: "During this dark chapter in our history, when there is a prevailing culture of impunity and blatant attempts to desensitize us to violence and corruption, we are called upon to speak up, stand up and fight back.
Schelde argues that, in some ways, movies may desensitize us to the dystopian futures they depict.
While they can surely simplify things by giving us a starting point when dealing with different situations, they can also blind and desensitize us to other realities.
'The daily horror of the murder scenes-pavements littered with blood, dead bodies, including children and teenagers, weeping loved ones-these should not desensitize us to the sufferings of our fellow Filipinos,' the party added.