from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To portray or endow with human characteristics or attributes; make human: humanized the puppets with great skill.
- transitive v. To imbue with humaneness or human kindness; civilize: acts of courtesy that humanize life in a big city.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make human, to give or cause to have the fundamental properties of a human.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To render human or humane; to soften; to make gentle by overcoming cruel dispositions and rude habits; to refine or civilize.
- transitive v. To give a human character or expression to.
- transitive v. To convert into something human or belonging to man.
- intransitive v. To become or be made more humane; to become civilized; to be ameliorated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make human; give or attribute a human character to; render conformable to human nature or requirements.
- To render humane or gentle; make susceptible or agreeable to human feeling; refine or soften the human character of; civilize.
- To become human or humane; become civilized.
- Also spelled humanise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make more humane
Unlike some commentators who concluded that through the recounting of these events with their frequent expressions of dismay with the program and its methods, Littell was attempting to "humanize" Dr. Aue, I found the portrait of SS officers manifesting a degree of struggle with the task they'd been assigned a compelling alternative to the usual image of Nazis as unambiguously malevolent.
I was sort of hoping they'd find a way to work into the actual movie, and I think it might've helped "humanize" the film a bit.
* Howard Kurtz says the onus is on the GOP to "humanize" Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, because he "comes off as a permanently bronzed, country club Republican, reflexively saying no to everything the administration wants."
Watching Hillary cry (almost) did "humanize" her for me, but after repeated viewings, I still haven't decided whether I believe the emotions are spontaneous or scripted.
And yes, it sucks that we still live in a time when a black man has to "humanize" himself to win public office.
There is little doubt that such revelations would "humanize" the "messiah" and bring him down from mount Olympus for his kool-aid drinkers to see just how ordinary their "New Kind of Politician" really is?
I mean, she never laughed like that in public until like a week after her advisors started talking about how they were going to "humanize" her, and then she started laughing heartily all the time, then there was a mini-backlash b/c it seemed fake, and she completely stopped.
Post-Penn, Hillary decides to portray herself as "down to Earth", and to "humanize" herself ....
I think your analysis is flawed given that Dowd clearly states that in 1992 efforts were being made to 'humanize' Hillary.
I find it amusing that after so many months of campaigning Clinton's strategists are still trying to "humanize" her.