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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]
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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’
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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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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Drawing on the work of Stewart Guthrie, who synthesizes various disparate theories of anthropomorphism (drawn from such thinkers as Nietzsche, Freud, Levi-Strauss, Piaget, Hume, Robin Horton, and Ernst Gombrich), Cassuto holds that humans are driven to see the world anthropomorphically, and specifically "to see human faces in the world." Because "humans are perceptually wired to see and respond to the presence of other humans wherever we can possibly find them," it is actually very hard, he says, to dehumanize others; it's against our nature.