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[dee-hyoo-muh-nahyz or, often, -yoo-] /diˈhyu məˌnaɪz or, often, -ˈyu-/
verb (used with object), dehumanized, dehumanizing.
to deprive of human qualities or attributes; divest of individuality:
Conformity dehumanized him.
Origin of dehumanize
1810-20; de- + humanize
Related forms
dehumanization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dehumanize
  • The thinking that is behind acts of genocide is always the same: first dehumanize your enemies.
  • People tend to resist efforts to marginalize and dehumanize them the more these efforts are made.
  • 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.
  • It's a willingness to dehumanize people for the sake of the bottom line.
British Dictionary definitions for dehumanize


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

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

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