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unpeople

[uhn-pee-puh l]
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verb (used with object), un·peo·pled, un·peo·pling.
  1. to deprive of people; depopulate.

Origin of unpeople

First recorded in 1525–35; un-2 + people

unperson

[uhn-pur-suh n]
noun
  1. a public figure, especially in a totalitarian country, who, for political or ideological reasons, is not recognized or mentioned in government publications or records or in the news media.
  2. a person accorded no recognition or consideration by another or by a specific group.

Origin of unperson

un-1 + person; introduced in George Orwell's novel 1984 (1949)
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Historical Examples

  • And is it not fit and equal that God should unchurch us and unpeople us?

    The Covenants And The Covenanters

    Various


British Dictionary definitions for unpeople

unpeople

verb
  1. (tr) to empty of people

unperson

noun
  1. a person whose existence is officially denied or ignored
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