Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To retract a wish for.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To wish out of existence.

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  • v. To wish not to be; to destroy by wishing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To wish not to be; to destroy by wishing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wish not to be; make away with by wishing.

Etymologies

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Prefix un- + wish

Examples

  • Progress is a comfortable disease: your victim (death and life safely beyond) plays with the bigness of his littleness — electrons deify one razorblade into a mountainrange; lenses extend unwish through curving wherewhen till unwish returns on its unself.

    Vitro Nasu » 2005 » June

  • For example, ee cummings wrote "lenses extend unwish into curving wherewhen until unwish returns on its unself".

    The Sense of Wonder

  • It's plain enough that some one wished those papers on me, intending to unwish them in short order once we got across.

    The Firefly of France

  • His chief reaction was not repentance nor dramatic interest, but a vexed longing to unwish the whole affair.

    The Trail of the Hawk A Comedy of the Seriousness of Life

  • This one shall balance all I've broken, for I'll never unwish it. '

    The Seats of the Mighty, Complete

  • 'Never was a more absurd wish,' said Charles, tormenting her hand still more, and pulling her curls; 'unwish it forthwith.

    The Heir of Redclyffe

  • But the most tedious being is that which can unwish itself, content to be nothing, or never to have been, which was beyond the malcontent of Job, who cursed not the day of his life, but his nativity; content to have so far been, as to have a title to future being, although he had lived here but in an hidden state of life, and as it were an abortion.

    Religio Medici, Hydriotaphia, and the Letter to a Friend

  • -- electrons deify one razorblade into a mountainrange; lenses extend unwish through curving wherewhen till unwish returns on its unself.

    HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH

  • Although she says she wouldn't "unwish" what she calls "all those strange, quiet years", she also describes the process of finally becoming a writer in terms of finding her place in the world: "I felt as if, eventually, you find your own house and you let yourself in your front door, with your own key.

    Tessa Hadley: A life in writing

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