dehumanize

[dee-hyoo-muh-nahyz or, often, -yoo-]
verb (used with object), de·hu·man·ized, de·hu·man·iz·ing.
  1. to deprive of human qualities or attributes; divest of individuality: Conformity dehumanized him.
Also especially British, de·hu·man·ise.

Origin of dehumanize

First recorded in 1810–20; de- + humanize
Related formsde·hu·man·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dehumanization

dehumanize

dehumanise

verb (tr)
  1. to deprive of human qualities
  2. to render mechanical, artificial, or routine
Derived Formsdehumanization or dehumanisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for dehumanization

dehumanize

v.

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

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