from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To deprive of human qualities such as individuality, compassion, or civility: slaves who had been dehumanized by their abysmal condition.
- transitive v. To render mechanical and routine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To take away humanity, to remove or deny human qualities, characteristics, or attributes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To divest of human qualities, such as pity, tenderness, etc..
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive of distinctively human qualities: as, dehumanizing influences; dehumanized speculation. Also spelled dehumanise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. deprive of human qualities
- v. make mechanical or routine
Does the writer really mean to suggest — nay, insist — that universities, regardless of their affiliation, "dehumanize" their employees by expecting a "certain" level of conduct?
Enforced shaving of a prisoner's head has long been a systematic tool to 'dehumanize' and 'depersonalize' an individual.
"You kind of dehumanize the adult, bringing him down to the animal's level."
Harper's: Do math and science "dehumanize" students?
"Should we no longer use the terms rapist, thief, murderer or molester because they might" dehumanize "the offender?
Access to the cash that power brings, completely deranged and satisfying “investigations” that both dehumanize the opposition and give that warm fuzzy feeling of standing up for “principle” (no one is above the law — even, or especially those who have done nothing in its violation) and, best of all, they get to go on demolishing any hope of using government power to solve any actual problem out there.
(Not helped by conditioning to dehumanize the subject population by superiors.)
And “retard” is a pejorative term used to dehumanize the mentally retarded.
I could see using them if I was writing from the POV of a character who was trying to dehumanize or objectify the character they were referring to.
It's even scarier to watch people dehumanize other people.