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[dee-pur-suh-nl-ahyz] /diˈpɜr sə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), depersonalized, depersonalizing.
to make impersonal.
to deprive of personality or individuality:
a mechanistic society that is depersonalizing its members.
Also, especially British, depersonalise.
Origin of depersonalize
First recorded in 1865-70; de- + personalize Unabridged
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  • In them the whole effort of the speaker was really to restrain, to moderate, to depersonalize the voice of faith.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • This belief runs counter to modern thought, governed as it is by the tendency to depersonalize existence.

British Dictionary definitions for depersonalize


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