dehumanize(redirected from dehumanises)
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tr.v. de·hu·man·ized, de·hu·man·iz·ing, de·hu·man·iz·es
1. To deprive of human qualities such as individuality, compassion, or civility: slaves who had been dehumanized by their abysmal condition.
2. To render mechanical and routine.
de·hu′man·i·za′tion (-mə-nĭ-zā′shən) n.
1. to deprive of human qualities
2. to render mechanical, artificial, or routine
deˌhumaniˈzation, deˌhumaniˈsation n
de•hu•man•ize(diˈhyu məˌnaɪz or, often, -ˈyu-)
v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to deprive of human qualities or attributes; divest of individuality.
Past participle: dehumanized
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|Verb||1.||dehumanize - deprive of human qualities; "Life in poverty has dehumanized them"|
demean, disgrace, degrade, take down, put down - reduce in worth or character, usually verbally; "She tends to put down younger women colleagues"; "His critics took him down after the lecture"
|2.||dehumanize - make mechanical or routine|