[ dee-hyoo-muh-nahyz or, often, -yoo- ]
See synonyms for: dehumanizedehumanizing on

verb (used with object),de·hu·man·ized, de·hu·man·iz·ing.
  1. 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.

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

Origin of dehumanize

First recorded in 1810–20; de- + humanize
  • Also especially British, de·hu·man·ise .

Other words from dehumanize

  • de·hu·man·i·za·tion [dee-hyoo-muh-nahy-zey-shuhn or, often, -yoo-], /diˌhyu məˌnaɪˈzeɪ ʃən or, often, -ˌyu-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dehumanize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dehumanize



/ (diːˈhjuːməˌnaɪz) /

  1. to deprive of human qualities

  2. to render mechanical, artificial, or routine

Derived forms of dehumanize

  • dehumanization or dehumanisation, noun

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