from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to give up manly courage or spirit.
  • transitive v. To take away virility from; emasculate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To castrate; to remove one's manhood.
  • v. To sap the strength, whether physical or emotional, required to deal with a situation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deprive of the distinctive qualities of a human being, as reason, or the like.
  • transitive v. To emasculate; to deprive of virility.
  • transitive 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.
  • transitive v. To deprive of men.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to lose one's nerve


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  • To remind them now of the meals they made of me would mortify and unman them, so I keep that silence.

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  • 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.

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  • The birds warbled on the boughs with tones far sweeter than chaunt of Koran and their notes would console a lover whom longings unman.

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  • In the Sadr City district of Baghdad, an unman U.S. drowned killed six heavily armed insurgents last night.

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  • But no one can unman you, Antonius, except yourself.

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