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depersonalize

[ dee-pur-suh-nl-ahyz ]
/ di藞p蓽r s蓹 nl藢a瑟z /
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verb (used with object), de路per路son路al路ized, de路per路son路al路iz路ing.
to make impersonal.
to deprive of personality or individuality: a mechanistic society that is depersonalizing its members.
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Also especially British, de路per路son路al路ise .

Origin of depersonalize

First recorded in 1865鈥70; de- + personalize
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How to use depersonalize in a sentence

  • This belief runs counter to modern thought, governed as it is by the tendency to depersonalize existence.

  • 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
  • In thus universalizing my moral will, I wholly depersonalize it.

    The Behavior of Crowds|Everett Dean Martin

British Dictionary definitions for depersonalize

depersonalize

depersonalise

/ (d瑟藞p蓽藧sn藢la瑟z) /

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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