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dehumanize

[dee-hyoo-muh-nahyz or, often, -yoo-] /diˈhyu məˌnaɪz or, often, -ˈyu-/
verb (used with object), dehumanized, dehumanizing.
1.
to deprive of human qualities or attributes; divest of individuality:
Conformity dehumanized him.
Also, especially British, dehumanise.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; de- + humanize
Related forms
dehumanization, noun
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Examples for dehumanization
  • dehumanization is generally a negative state of affairs.
  • dehumanization, broadly construed, is not a problem necessarily.
  • These then demand rationality in academic management to guard against declination toward dehumanization or bureaucracy.
  • About the dehumanization of prison culture, much has been written.
  • dehumanization, which depersonalizes a portion of the human race.
British Dictionary definitions for dehumanization

dehumanize

/diːˈhjuːməˌnaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to deprive of human qualities
2.
to render mechanical, artificial, or routine
Derived Forms
dehumanization, dehumanisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for dehumanization

dehumanize

v.

1818, from de- + humanize. Related: Dehumanized; dehumanizing.

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