Definition of mongrelize in English:


transitive verb

(also British mongrelise)
[with object]
  • 1 offensive Cause (a population or group of people) to become racially or ethnically mixed.

    1. 1.1 derogatory Cause to become mixed in composition or character.
      • ‘you might wonder what could motivate any human to mutate and mongrelize these wonderful foods’
      • ‘He then told us of an idea he had about breeding a common, mongrelized man which every race would be distilled into, until mankind had a homogenous race.’
      • ‘I want to say the genius of the human race is mongrelised.’
      • ‘Under the right conditions, the newcomer aids the group - an effect that is increased if the group is already mongrelized, because then resistance to the outsider will be lower.’
      • ‘The blues, it seems, has become co-opted, and then co-opted back: mongrelized, in the best sense of the word, like the rest of American culture.’
      • ‘In Europe we're pretty much so mongrelised that we don't have an indigenous population.’
      • ‘The mongrelized Westerns were made here by actors who couldn't get better jobs in California.’
      • ‘Some day a bright spark or a very small collection of bright sparks will come up with a better and fully integrated language, rather like the emergence of ‘C’ from the Babel of mongrelised languages and dialects that preceded it.’
      • ‘Only the immigrant generation uses this mongrelized Bulgarian; their American-educated children are more likely to consider English their primary language.’



/ˈmäNGɡrəˌlīz/ /ˈmɑŋɡrəˌlaɪz/ /ˈməNGɡrəˌlīz/ /ˈməŋɡrəˌlaɪz/