Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

  • verb transitive, obsolete To wish not to be; to destroy 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

  • 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.

    Him – e.e. cummings + Fibonacci

  • 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.

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

  • 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

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