[ dee-pur-suh-nl-uh-zey-shuh n ]
/ diˌpɜr sə nl əˈzeɪ ʃən /


the act of depersonalizing.
the state of being depersonalized.
Psychiatry. a state in which one no longer perceives the reality of one's self or one's environment.

Origin of depersonalization

First recorded in 1905–10; depersonalize + -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for depersonalization

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

British Dictionary definitions for depersonalization



/ (dɪˌpɜːsnəlaɪˈzeɪʃən) /


the act or an instance of depersonalizing
psychiatry an abnormal state of consciousness in which the subject feels unreal and detached from himself and the world
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for depersonalization


[ dē-pûr′sə-nə-lĭ-zāshən ]


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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