Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To deprive of sexual capacity or sexual attributes.
  • transitive verb To castrate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To deprive of sex or of sexual characters; make otherwise than the sex commonly is; transform in respect to sex; usually, with reference to a woman, to deprive of the qualities of a woman; make masculine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To deprive of sex, or of qualities becoming to one's sex; esp., to make unfeminine in character, manners, duties, or the like.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To deprive of sexual attributes or characteristics
  • verb To sterilize
  • verb To castrate

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

  • verb remove the qualities typical of one's sex
  • verb deprive of sex or sexual powers
  • verb make infertile

Etymologies

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un- +‎ sex

Examples

  • Were woman to 'unsex' themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings, and would surely perish without male protection.

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  • Were woman to 'unsex' themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings, and would surely perish without male protection.

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  • Were woman to 'unsex' themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings, and would surely perish without male protection.

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  • Were woman to 'unsex' themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings, and would surely perish without male protection.

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  • Were woman to 'unsex' themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings, and would surely perish without male protection.

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  • Were woman to 'unsex' themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings, and would surely perish without male protection.

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  • Were woman to 'unsex' themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings, and would surely perish without male protection.

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  • Were woman to 'unsex' themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings, and would surely perish without male protection.

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  • Were woman to 'unsex' themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings, and would surely perish without male protection.

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  • Were woman to 'unsex' themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings, and would surely perish without male protection.

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  • (verb) - (1) To deprive of sex or sexual character; transformation in respect to sex; usually with reference to a woman, to make masculine.

    --William Whitney's Century Dictionary, 1889

    (2) To make otherwise than the sex commonly is.

    --John Walker's Dictionary and Expositor of the English Language, 1835

    (3) Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here.

    --William Shakespeare's Macbeth, 1605

    January 16, 2018