Definition of dehumanize in English:


(also dehumanise)


  • Deprive of positive human qualities.

    ‘the dehumanizing effects of war’
    • ‘The results were predictable: smoldering hatred, periodically erupting into brutal, dehumanizing violence.’
    • ‘But one cannot think of human life itself as a problem to be solved without dehumanizing it - dissolving its richness and its meaning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Remove the human and you get dehumanized art,’ he declared in a 1994 interview, responding to a question about the viability of nonfigurative art.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He argues that we hear too much about statistics and nothing of the humans involved, thus dehumanizing the victims by depicting them as statistics.’
    • ‘So how can we go to war without dehumanizing the enemy?’
    • ‘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 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 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.’
    • ‘They were pushed over the top by what they considered the brutal, racist and dehumanizing actions of white officers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To deprive human beings of certain basic rights is to dehumanise them.’
    • ‘The endless briefings, whether here or abroad, are mostly by military officers and intelligence analysts whose discourse tends to dehumanise the war.’
    • ‘In our attempts to dehumanize our enemy we end up becoming less than human ourselves.’
    • ‘By definition slavery was a brutal, violent and dehumanising institution, where slaves were seen as akin to animals.’
    • ‘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.’
    harden, toughen, season, temper, condition
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