to regard, represent, or treat (a person or group) as less than human:Society still has a tendency to devalue and dehumanize those with disabilities and to suppress their voices.
to deprive of human qualities or attributes; divest of individuality: Conformity dehumanized him.
- Also especially British, de·hu·man·ise .
- de·hu·man·i·za·tion [dee-hyoo-muh-nahy-zey-shuhn or, often, -yoo-], /diˌhyu məˌnaɪˈzeɪ ʃən or, often, -ˌyu-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dehumanize
to deprive of human qualities
to render mechanical, artificial, or routine
- dehumanization or dehumanisation, noun
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