dehumanize

[ dee-hyoo-muh-nahyz or, often, -yoo- ]
/ diˈhyu məˌnaɪz or, often, -ˈyu- /

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.

Nearby words

  1. dehort,
  2. dehortation,
  3. dehra dun,
  4. dehradun,
  5. dehull,
  6. dehumidifier,
  7. dehumidify,
  8. dehydrase,
  9. dehydratase,
  10. dehydrate

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 dehumanize

dehumanize

dehumanise

/ (diːˈhjuːməˌnaɪz) /

verb (tr)

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

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Word Origin and History for dehumanize

dehumanize

v.

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

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