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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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  • The thinking that is behind acts of genocide is always the same: first dehumanize your enemies.
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  • Stereotypes about human beings tend to dehumanize people, placing all members of a group into one, simple category.
  • The legal community possesses the power to humanize or dehumanize our legal system.
  • And then after hating them for a good while, they came to dehumanize them.
  • Adversarial processes have the potential to dehumanize people.
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British Dictionary definitions for dehumanize

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 dehumanize
v.

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

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