Definition of dehumanize in English:

dehumanize

(also dehumanise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Deprive of positive human qualities.

    ‘the dehumanizing effects of war’
    • ‘For instance, for a Philosophy paper on how propaganda dehumanizes the enemy during war, I focused on the question of who the enemy actually is.’
    • ‘Brave New World shows how dehumanizing it would be for human beings to be so designed that they gave up individual freedom for the stable order of a social insect colony.’
    • ‘So how can we go to war without dehumanizing the enemy?’
    • ‘He applied business methods to the handling of human beings who, once they had been dehumanised, could be treated no differently from cargoes of kerosene.’
    • ‘In our attempts to dehumanize our enemy we end up becoming less than human ourselves.’
    • ‘In the face of dehumanization he remained human - and did not dehumanize his fellow humanity to try and get ahead or gain an advantage for himself.’
    • ‘To deprive human beings of certain basic rights is to dehumanise them.’
    • ‘But one cannot think of human life itself as a problem to be solved without dehumanizing it - dissolving its richness and its meaning.’
    • ‘It's a kind of documentary on how, in order to wage war, man must first dehumanize his enemy - see him as a monster of sorts - and this is accomplished with propaganda.’
    • ‘The endless briefings, whether here or abroad, are mostly by military officers and intelligence analysts whose discourse tends to dehumanise the war.’
    • ‘It dehumanizes us by defining us not as human beings but as somehow less than the rest of the population, not deserving of protection or equal status.’
    • ‘The results were predictable: smoldering hatred, periodically erupting into brutal, dehumanizing violence.’
    • ‘By definition slavery was a brutal, violent and dehumanising institution, where slaves were seen as akin to animals.’
    • ‘To call a person ‘Evil’ or a ‘Monster’ only has the effect of dehumanising the crime itself, diminishing the responsibility of a society in dispensing apt punishment.’
    • ‘He argues that we hear too much about statistics and nothing of the humans involved, thus dehumanizing the victims by depicting them as statistics.’
    • ‘According to this reading, the film is concerned with the extent to which the way we live is governed by machines - and cinema is one of them - that dehumanise our human transactions.’
    • ‘They were pushed over the top by what they considered the brutal, racist and dehumanizing actions of white officers.’
    • ‘Marx has left us a vivid rhetorical picture of the proletariat as objectified labour, demeaned and dehumanized by the brutal forces of capitalism.’
    • ‘In case you haven't noticed, our unelected leaders have dehumanized millions and millions of human beings simply because of their religion and race.’
    • ‘‘Remove the human and you get dehumanized art,’ he declared in a 1994 interview, responding to a question about the viability of nonfigurative art.’
    harden, toughen, season, temper, condition
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Pronunciation

dehumanize

/diːˈhjuːm(ə)nʌɪz/