dehumanize

UK [ˌdiːˈhjuːmənaɪz] / US [dɪˈhjuməˌnaɪz] verb [transitive]
Word forms "dehumanize":
present tense I/you/we/they dehumanize he/she/it dehumanizes present participle dehumanizing past tense dehumanized past participle dehumanized
1) to make people stop feeling and behaving like normal people, especially by treating them very badly
2) to make people seem less real or important than normal people

Derived words:
dehumanization
UK [diːˌhjuːmənaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n] / US [dɪˌhjumənɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n] noun uncountable
dehumanizing
adjective

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Dehumanize — De*hu man*ize, v. t. To divest of human qualities, such as pity, tenderness, etc.; as, dehumanizing influences. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dehumanize — index brutalize, debase Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dehumanize — 1818, from DE (Cf. de ) + HUMANIZE (Cf. humanize). Related: Dehumanized; dehumanizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • dehumanize — (Amer.) de·hu·man·ize || ‚diː hjuːmÉ™naɪz v. deprive of human character or spirit; make mechanical, make routine, mechanize (also dehumanise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dehumanize — (also dehumanise) ► VERB ▪ deprive of positive human qualities. DERIVATIVES dehumanization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • dehumanize — [dē hyo͞o′mə nīz΄] vt. dehumanized, dehumanizing to deprive of human qualities, as pity, kindness, individuality, or creativity; make inhuman or machinelike dehumanization n …   English World dictionary

  • dehumanize — transitive verb Date: 1818 to deprive of human qualities, personality, or spirit • dehumanization noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dehumanize — dehumanization, n. /dee hyooh meuh nuyz / or, often, / yooh /, v.t., dehumanized, dehumanizing. to deprive of human qualities or attributes; divest of individuality: Conformity dehumanized him. Also, esp. Brit., dehumanise. [1810 20; DE +… …   Universalium

  • dehumanize — verb To take away humanity, to remove or deny human qualities, characteristics, or attributes …   Wiktionary

  • dehumanize — de|hu|man|ize also dehumanise BrE [ˌdi:ˈhju:mənaız] v [T ] to treat people so badly that they lose their good human qualities ▪ War dehumanizes people. >dehumanizing adj >dehumanization [di:ˌhju:mənaıˈzeıʃən US nə ] n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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