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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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Harry Edwards, a consultant to the San Francisco 49ers for the past 20 years and a sociology professor at the University of California at Berkeley, says that the killing is one more instance of Americans' becoming desensitized to violence and other behavior that was once considered unacceptable.
Dangerous systemic allergic reactions, such as dropping blood pressure, occurred in 21 of the 29 people who had received the inert shots, whereas none of the 23 desensitized volunteers had a reaction, the scientists report in the March 22 Lancet.
Consequently, the public is desensitized to the financial risk of long-term care, and few people purchase private insurance to cover it.
Once people accept the principle that the end justifies the means, they become desensitized to increasing levels of atrocity in pursuit of their interests.
In the end, you are desensitized to violence and accept it as a normal and essential survival skill in your brutal new world.
Social withdrawal, desensitized emotions (indifference or disinterest in things that previously brought them pleasure) and increased inactivity may point to a more serious problem.
Harry Edwards - who ignited the ``Revolt of the Black Athlete'' at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City - said the killing can be seen as an example of Americans becoming desensitized to violence and other behavior that was formerly unacceptable.
Schwartz and his colleagues then compared what happened when these desensitized animals and sensitized mice breathed corn dust.
Studies have consistently found that minors who play such games are likely to become desensitized to violence, less empathetic toward others, and more aggressive.
Harry Edwards, a retired UC Berkeley sociology professor and consultant to the San Francisco 49ers NFL team, said the killing can be seen as an example of Americans becoming desensitized to violence and other behavior that was formerly unacceptable.
Added Tommy Lee, "We tend to be desensitized by the non-stop media coverage of the relief effort, thinking there's nothing more we can do.
The day you become desensitized, you shouldn't be a nurse, because then you fail to treat (the patient) like a human being.
Other signs to look for are social withdrawal, desensitized emotions (indifference or disinterest in things that previously brought them pleasure) and increased inactivity.
Consumers have become somewhat desensitized to GM's substantial incentive packages, as evidenced by disappointing sales in recent months, increasing the risk of further production cuts.