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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 dehumanizing
  • To notice that reproductive behavior is dehumanizing and cruel is not a huge stretch.
  • The market is depicted as a mechanism in its truest form, not so much spitefully inhuman as routinely dehumanizing.
  • The answer to the author's question is simple, and he cites it in his reviews: prison is dehumanizing.
  • It is dehumanizing, it is unjust, and it's bad for business.
  • What other people don't understand about my current job is that it is exhausting and dehumanizing.
  • There is a long history of dehumanizing people who use wheelchairs.
  • What is unfolding is an unprecedented dehumanizing of a potentially great leader.
  • Losing a job because of your age is unjust and dehumanizing, and the law should take it more seriously than it does.
  • In it, he explores the systematic dehumanizing of criminals.
  • It became symbolic of the cold and dehumanizing effects of urban life.
British Dictionary definitions for dehumanizing

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 dehumanizing

dehumanize

v.

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

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