de·​hu·​man·​iz·​ing | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈ(h)yü-mə-ˌnī-ziŋ How to pronounce dehumanizing (audio) \

Definition of dehumanizing

: depriving someone of human qualities, personality, or dignity : demeaning or damaging to a person's humanity or individuality a dehumanizing caricature/slur dehumanizing statistics Before even being allowed to call a lawyer, the arrestee is faced with the dehumanizing treatment of a strip search …— John W. Whitehead This kind of language is deliberately dehumanizing: the athlete is referred to not as a person but as a "brand", throughout.— Felix Salmon Inmates at the South Carolina prison cited dehumanizing conditions such as a lack of sunlight, poor and insufficient food, and few rehabilitative programs as reasons they lost hope.— Aaron Cantú Not only are writers selling their products, they essentially become their products: author as commodity. It's a weirdly dehumanizing experience.— Rachel Donadio … the dehumanizing nastiness of having your intimate personal photos hacked …— Joe Fay

First Known Use of dehumanizing

1817, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2021

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“Dehumanizing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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