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dehumanize

[ dee-hyoo-muh-nahyz or, often, -yoo- ]
/ diˈhyu məˌnaɪz or, often, -ˈyu- /
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verb (used with object), de·hu·man·ized, de·hu·man·iz·ing.

to deprive of human qualities or attributes; divest of individuality: Conformity dehumanized him.

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Also especially British, de·hu·man·ise .

Origin of dehumanize

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

dehumanize

dehumanise

/ (diːˈhjuːməˌnaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to deprive of human qualities
to render mechanical, artificial, or routine
dehumanization or dehumanisation, noun
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