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[dee-pur-suh-nl-uh-zey-shuh n]
  1. the act of depersonalizing.
  2. the state of being depersonalized.
  3. Psychiatry. a state in which one no longer perceives the reality of one's self or one's environment.
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Origin of depersonalization

First recorded in 1905–10; depersonalize + -ation
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Historical Examples of depersonalization

  • Even a workman in a modern factory where depersonalization is extreme gets to have "his" machine and is perturbed at a change.

    Human Nature and Conduct

    John Dewey

British Dictionary definitions for depersonalization



  1. the act or an instance of depersonalizing
  2. psychiatry an abnormal state of consciousness in which the subject feels unreal and detached from himself and the world
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Word Origin and History for depersonalization


1907; see de- + personalization. Related: Depersonalize; depersonalized.

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depersonalization in Medicine


  1. A state in which the normal sense of personal identity and reality is lost, characterized by feelings that one's actions and speech cannot be controlled.
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