Definition of dehumanize
: to deprive of human qualities, personality, or spirit
dehumanizationplay \(ˌ)dē-ˌhyü-mə-nə-ˈzā-shən, (ˌ)dē-ˌyü-\ noun
Examples of dehumanize in a Sentence
Inspectors have observed terrible factory conditions that dehumanize workers.
the dehumanizing nature of torture
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Maher's joke made light of the darkest time in American history while using a word that white supremacists used to dehumanize a race of people.
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Definition of dehumanize for English Language Learners
: to treat (someone) as though he or she is not a human being
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