de·​per·​son·​al·​ize | \(ˈ)dē-ˈpər-snə-ˌlīz, -ˈpər-sə-nə-\

Definition of depersonalize 

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1 : to deprive of the sense of personal identity schools that depersonalize students

2 : to make impersonal depersonalizing medical care

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But by complicating an otherwise chilly investigation of cultural identity and depersonalized violence, that bit of pink makes all the difference. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "12 Galleries to Visit Now in Brooklyn and Queens," 26 Apr. 2018 Clean, declutter, and depersonalize and stage your home, inside and out, so that the home is show-ready. 2. Melissa Rolland,, "Biggest Open House Mistakes," 22 May 2017 But while journalists can customize Twitter to best fit their needs, Signal will be depersonalized for now. Julia Greenberg, WIRED, "Facebook Tries to Lure Journalists Away From Twitter," 17 Sep. 2015 This can even be exacerbated by new technology tools — like smartphones — that can theoretically nurture connections but can also depersonalize encounters between citizens and public figures. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "‘I’m the Last Thing Standing Between You and the Apocalypse’," 11 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of depersonalize

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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