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verb (used with object), de·per·son·al·ized, de·per·son·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make impersonal.
  2. to deprive of personality or individuality: a mechanistic society that is depersonalizing its members.
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Also especially British, de·per·son·al·ise.

Origin of depersonalize

First recorded in 1865–70; de- + personalize
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Examples from the Web for depersonalize

Historical Examples

  • 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



verb (tr)
  1. to deprive (a person, organization, system, etc) of individual or personal qualities; render impersonal
  2. to cause (someone) to lose his sense of personal identity
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Word Origin

C19: from de- + personal + -ize
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