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Noun: depersonalisation  dee,pur-su-nu-lI'zey-shun
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: depersonalization)
  1. Emotional dissociative disorder in which there is loss of contact with your own personal reality accompanied by feelings of unreality and strangeness
    - depersonalization, depersonalization disorder, depersonalisation disorder [Brit], depersonalization neurosis, depersonalisation neurosis [Brit]
  2. (existentialism) a loss of personal identity; a feeling of being an anonymous cog in an impersonal social machine
    - depersonalization
  3. Representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality
    "according to Marx, treating labour as a commodity exemplified the depersonalisation of the individual";
    - depersonalization, reification

Derived forms: depersonalisations

Type of: dissociative disorder, mental condition, mental state, objectification, psychological condition, psychological state

Encyclopedia: Depersonalisation