[ dee-pur-suh-nl-ahyz ]
/ diˈpɜr sə nlˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·per·son·al·ized, de·per·son·al·iz·ing.

to make impersonal.
to deprive of personality or individuality: a mechanistic society that is depersonalizing its members.
Also especially British, de·per·son·al·ise.

Origin of depersonalize

First recorded in 1865–70; de- + personalize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for depersonalize

  • In them the whole effort of the speaker was really to restrain, to moderate, to depersonalize the voice of faith.

    Robert Elsmere|Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • This belief runs counter to modern thought, governed as it is by the tendency to depersonalize existence.

British Dictionary definitions for depersonalize



/ (dɪˈpɜːsnəˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to deprive (a person, organization, system, etc) of individual or personal qualities; render impersonal
to cause (someone) to lose his sense of personal identity

Word Origin for depersonalize

C19: from de- + personal + -ize
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