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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.
Also, especially British, dehumanise.
Origin of dehumanize
1810-20; de- + humanize
Related forms
dehumanization, noun Unabridged
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  • 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.
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  • 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


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 dehumanizing



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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