Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To reduce sharply the population of (an area); depopulate.

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  • n. Plural form of unperson.
  • v. To deprive of inhabitants; to depopulate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deprive of inhabitants; to depopulate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive of people; deprive of inhabitants; depopulate; dispeople.

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Examples

  • The honourable exception is the work of the historian Mark Curtis, who describes the Chagossians as "unpeople".

    The Heathlander

  • Further, the US notably does the same things to many thousands of unknown "unworthy" prisoners in its torture-prisons where those held have no rights either and are treated any way their captors wish out of sight and mind and virtually ignored in the West as "unpeople."

    "Worthy and Unworthy Victims"

  • This essay shows its effects on real people - those going along are "worthy" and those who don't or don't matter are "unworthy unpeople."

    "Worthy and Unworthy Victims"

  • In a recent article, John Pilger quotes historian Mark Curtis 'characterization of "unworthy victims" as "unpeople" while Herman and Chomsky explain the "propaganda system," played out in the dominant media, characterizes people abused and victimized by us or our client states as "unworthy."

    "Worthy and Unworthy Victims"

  • Investigations like this and others prove the death penalty is this country's ultimate punitive measure used almost exclusively against "unworthy, unpeople victims" to eliminate the unwanted, and those targeted are largely defenseless against it.

    "Worthy and Unworthy Victims"

  • Mandela said to me once at Rivonia a farm in South Africa where the ANC's banned leadership, including Liel, met in secret, ‘You know, they want to make us unpeople, not seen.’

    Fighting Words

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  • I would the duke we talk of were returned again: the ungenitured agent will unpeople the province with continency; sparrows must not build in his house-eaves, because they are lecherous.

    Measure for Measure

  • I would the duke we talk of were returned again: this ungenitured agent will unpeople the province with continency; sparrows must not build in his house-eaves, because they are lecherous.

    Act III. Scene II. Measure for Measure

  • Could it be received into common belief, suicide would unpeople the planet.

    XVI. Essays. New England Reformers. A Lecture Read before the Society in Amory Hall on Sunday, March 3, 1844

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  • She smiled no reassuring modern smile but now and then produced a rare and archaic one of her own, a smirk that unpeopled the world.

    - Aidan Higgins, Lebensraum

    January 7, 2009

  • Shakespeare word. See comment under salad days.

    September 15, 2007