dehumanise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dehumanise make mechanical or routine
    • v dehumanise deprive of human qualities "Life in poverty has dehumanized them"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dehumanise de-hū′ma-nīz to deprive of specifically human qualities.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. de, neg., and humanise.

Usage

In literature:

The beer warmed Holsten's rather dehumanised system.
"The World Set Free" by Herbert George Wells
Michael had taken the last step in that process of dehumanisation which threatens idealists of his type.
"The Nether World" by George Gissing
They felt exploited and discarded, objectified and dehumanised by super-powers of mythical proportions.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
She was leaning forward in her chair, her eyes glowing, her lips parted, rejuvenated, dehumanised.
"The Evil Shepherd" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
In a certain sense we always feel the past ages as human, and our own age as strangely and even weirdly dehumanised.
"Varied Types" by G. K. Chesterton
The answer is here in the quarries that, having dehumanised man, have themselves become obscene.
"Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa" by Edward Hutton
The screams became worse and worse: they were no longer the cries of Eleanore but of some unsouled, dehumanised being.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Extreme thrift, like extreme cleanliness, has often a singularly dehumanising effect.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
The detectives seemed quite decent, and therefore cannot have been properly dehumanised by the powers that be.
"'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany" by Gerald Featherstone Knight
I would escape from the whole district, its miseries, its smells, its infamies, and its thousand dehumanising degradations.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
The Augustan couplet tended to a heightening, dehumanising effect.
"Adventures and Enthusiasms" by E. V. Lucas
Shelley, on the other hand, dehumanises things and makes them unearthly.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
Unmistakably the body was that of a man, but incredibly dehumanised and ape-like.
"The Gay Triangle" by William Le Queux
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