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[uhn-man] /ʌnˈmæn/
verb (used with object), unmanned, unmanning.
to deprive of courage or fortitude; break down the manly spirit of:
Constant conflict finally unmanned him.
to deprive of virility; emasculate; castrate.
Origin of unman
First recorded in 1590-1600; un-2 + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At times his emotion seemed to slip from the rein, threatening to unman him.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • I am unused to such as these, gentlemen,—they unsettle—they unman me.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • What crime had become his so to unman him that he dared not open and put his fate to the test?

    The Day of Days Louis Joseph Vance
  • No regrets, her father had said; they unman the heart we want for to-morrow.

  • He kissed his wife with the first kiss since their separation, and all the toils of war failed to unman him like that kiss.

    The Lady of Fort St. John Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • This was a sore blow to Leichhardt, but it did not unman him.

  • He needed it now more than ever, for he feared that the consideration of Cynthia might yet unman him.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • The revulsion of feeling was so great that for a moment or two it seemed to unman him.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
  • unman isn't the word, exactly, but you can't say ungirl, can you?

    The Daughter of the Storage William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for unman


verb (transitive) -mans, -manning, -manned
to cause to lose courage or nerve
to make effeminate
to remove the men from
(archaic) to deprive of human qualities
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unman

1590s, "to deprive of the attributes of a human being," from un- (2) + verbal derivative of man (n.). Meaning "to deprive of manly courage" is attested from c.1600; that of "to emasculate" is from 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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