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dehumanize

verb de·hu·man·ize \(ˌ)dē-ˈhyü-mə-ˌnīz, (ˌ)dē-ˈyü-\

: to treat (someone) as though he or she is not a human being

Full Definition of DEHUMANIZE

transitive verb
:  to deprive of human qualities, personality, or spirit
de·hu·man·i·za·tion \(ˌ)dē-ˌhyü-mə-nə-ˈzā-shən, (ˌ)dē-ˌyü-\ noun

Examples of DEHUMANIZE

  1. Inspectors have observed terrible factory conditions that dehumanize workers.
  2. the dehumanizing nature of torture

First Known Use of DEHUMANIZE

1818

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