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depersonalize

[dee-pur-suh-nl-ahyz] /diˈpɜr sə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), depersonalized, depersonalizing.
1.
to make impersonal.
2.
to deprive of personality or individuality:
a mechanistic society that is depersonalizing its members.
Also, especially British, depersonalise.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; de- + personalize
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  • It's awkward for both of you, but a bit of the edge might be taken off if you can depersonalize the moment by deploying song.
  • They cause people to depersonalize their political enemies.
  • It can depersonalize situations that require personal interaction.
British Dictionary definitions for depersonalize

depersonalize

/dɪˈpɜːsnəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to deprive (a person, organization, system, etc) of individual or personal qualities; render impersonal
2.
to cause (someone) to lose his sense of personal identity
Word Origin
C19: from de- + personal + -ize
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