dehumanization

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de·hu·man·i·za·tion

(dē-hyū'măn-i-zā'shŭn),
Loss of human characteristics; brutalization by either mental or physical means; stripping one of self-esteem.
[de- + humanus, human, fr. homo, man]

dehumanization

[dihyo̅o̅′mənīzā′shən]
Etymology: L, de, from, humanitas, human nature
the process of losing altruistic or individual qualities, as may occur in some psychotic states or in environments that produce emotional trauma (prisoner-of-war). It may be influenced by external forces.
The stripping of human qualities from people or from situations involving people, as an expediency that allows the policy makers (in a totalitarian state) to justify untenable situations, as the persons of interest are ‘less than human’

de·hu·man·i·za·tion

(dē-hyū'măn-ī-zā'shŭn)
Loss of human characteristics; brutalization by either mental or physical means; stripping one of self-esteem.
[de- + humanus, human, fr. homo, man]
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It's almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanising thing, and then something is defined out of it.
A little honesty in recognising the whole nature of the IVF procedure from the beginning would have prevented such a dehumanising situation, where the creation of multiple groups of human embryos in their hundreds of thousands, have led to their use as human guinea pigs, to be selected, rejected and most recently, to be used mixing animal and human life in the cause of science.
Harry Cayton, who works for the Department of Health, said using words like "dement" to describe somebody with Alzheimer's disease, or simply referring to people as "hip" and "joint" was alienating and dehumanising.
For people who have suffered in their home countries and live in terror of being returned, the experience can be devastating and dehumanising.
I can assure C Squire that I found the overcrowded prison degrading and dehumanising.