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[uhn-boo z-uh m, -boo-zuh m]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to disclose (a confidence, secret, etc.).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to disclose one's thoughts, feelings, or the like, especially in confidence.
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  1. unbosom oneself, to disclose one's thoughts, feelings, etc., to another person; confide one's private affairs: He unbosomed himself to a complete stranger.
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Origin of unbosom

1580–90; un-2 + bosom (v.)
Related formsun·bos·om·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for unbosoming

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Under his gently diplomatic prompting she found relief in unbosoming herself.

    A Pagan of the Hills

    Charles Neville Buck

  • But, as she did not speak, Lupin put questions to her, to make her feel a gradual need of unbosoming herself.

    The Crystal Stopper

    Maurice LeBlanc

British Dictionary definitions for unbosoming


  1. (tr) to relieve (oneself) of (secrets, etc) by telling someone
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Derived Formsunbosomer, noun

Word Origin

C16: from un- ² + bosom (in the sense: seat of the emotions); compare Dutch ontboezemen
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