American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to give up manly courage or spirit.
- v. To take away virility from; emasculate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive of the character or qualities of a human being, as reason, etc.
- To emasculate; deprive of virility.
- To deprive of the courage and fortitude of a man; break or reduce into irresolution; dishearten; deject; make womanish.
- To deprive of men: as, to unman a ship or town.
- v. archaic To castrate; to remove one's manhood.
- v. To sap the strength, whether physical or emotional, required to deal with a situation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. rare To deprive of the distinctive qualities of a human being, as reason, or the like.
- v. To emasculate; to deprive of virility.
- v. To deprive of the courage and fortitude of a man; to break or subdue the manly spirit in; to cause to despond; to dishearten; to make womanish.
- v. To deprive of men.
- v. cause to lose one's nerve
“Gavanelli, in contrast, stands and delivers and keeps his gaze in a middle distance as if to look the dying young woman in the eye would melt his cold heart and unman him.”
“Seeing that she was about to unman him again as she tried to leap up, this time he all but threw her off his lap and then immediately rolled to the side and sprang to his feet.”
“To remind them now of the meals they made of me would mortify and unman them, so I keep that silence.”
“But one of them, the Orakzai Pathan (for nothing could completely unman him), shouted to know whether it was true that pardons had been offered for deserters, and Courtenay nodded.”
“Moreover, when you unman your intervention, you may show that you care, but you also reveal that you don't care enough.”
“I'll be watching to see if a pattern emerges and what it might mean, but it's possible that Clinton's personal attack strategy against Obama will be to symbolically unman him.”
“Daeth John Dixon o fewn trwch blewyn o'i chipio y tro diwethaf, ac o ystried cysylltiadau Adam Price gyda'r ardal, byddai ganddo gystal cyfle yno ac unman arall.”
“The birds warbled on the boughs with tones far sweeter than chaunt of Koran and their notes would console a lover whom longings unman.”
“In the Sadr City district of Baghdad, an unman U.S. drowned killed six heavily armed insurgents last night.”
“But no one can unman you, Antonius, except yourself.”
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These words are from Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady, 1747-48
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