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[uhn-boo z-uh m, -boo-zuh m] /ʌnˈbʊz əm, -ˈbu zəm/
verb (used with object)
to disclose (a confidence, secret, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to disclose one's thoughts, feelings, or the like, especially in confidence.
unbosom oneself, to disclose one's thoughts, feelings, etc., to another person; confide one's private affairs:
He unbosomed himself to a complete stranger.
Origin of unbosom
1580-90; un-2 + bosom (v.)
Related forms
unbosomer, noun Unabridged
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  • It was necessary to guess, so rare was any instance of his unbosoming himself to either friends or confidants.

  • But I am hurried sometimes beyond the sense of pain, when unbosoming myself to friends who harmonize with me in principle.

  • Forgive me for unbosoming myself with you, who alone can understand me; you alone, except my friend, understand what I suffer.

    The Countess of Albany Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)
  • Under his gently diplomatic prompting she found relief in unbosoming herself.

    A Pagan of the Hills Charles Neville Buck
  • If he broaches a subject on which you have a real and deep living interest, you shrink from unbosoming yourself to him.

  • It gives us an opportunity of unbosoming our feelings and views and wishes not only with safety, but often with sympathy.

    The Young Man's Guide William A. Alcott
  • He came once to take her to luncheon, but it was out of a sentiment for the past, and a need of unbosoming himself.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • The burgraves of the party of Order did not for a moment deceive themselves on the confidence that this unbosoming deserved.

  • Haswell glanced wearily about the big room and assured himself that no one was near enough to overhear his unbosoming.

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck
  • Suddenly, while he was unbosoming himself in the warmth of Frans' sympathy, a light flashed across him.

    Small Souls Louis Couperus
British Dictionary definitions for unbosoming


(transitive) to relieve (oneself) of (secrets, etc) by telling someone
Derived Forms
unbosomer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from un-² + bosom (in the sense: seat of the emotions); compare Dutch ontboezemen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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