desensitize (someone or something) to (something)

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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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We have become desensitized to death, we have become desensitized to killing, we have become desensitized to empathy for our fellow man and it's coming at an extraordinary price and we have got to look at the root causes of this," Bevin told The Associated Press.
The findings by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford come on the heels of a recent study by the same team showing that people with multiple food allergies can be desensitized to several foods at once.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A small, retrospective study suggests that patients with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease may be safely desensitized to aspirin in an office setting rather than in a hospital.
Food-exercise-induced anaphylaxis in a boy successfully desensitized to cow milk.
Without realism, patients are unlikely to feel afraid and therefore cannot become desensitized to their fear, Kushner said.
Without realism, the patient is unlikely to feel afraid, and so won't become desensitized to the situation.
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.
Many horse owners have become desensitized to advertisements because of the sheer volume and similarity.
He discusses robotics and infertility advancements and raises many questions about how acceptable these techniques have become, pointing out how easily we have become desensitized to scientific change.
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.
When and why did international public opinion become desensitized to the plight of Palestinians under occupation, with the silence of the Arabs and the duplicity of the rest?
In the end, you are desensitized to violence and accept it as a normal and essential survival skill in your brutal new world.
Many became desensitized to death, viewing corpses with remarkable detachment.