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[ uhn-man ]

verb (used with object)

, un·manned, un·man·ning.
  1. to deprive of courage or fortitude; break down the manly spirit of:

    Constant conflict finally unmanned him.

  2. to deprive of virility; emasculate; castrate.


/ ʌnˈmæn /


  1. to cause to lose courage or nerve
  2. to make effeminate
  3. to remove the men from
  4. archaic.
    to deprive of human qualities

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unman1

First recorded in 1590–1600; un- 2 + man
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Example Sentences

And he gasps, a strangled moan … ‘You are going to unman me, Ana … You—take me.’

We must stand alone in the matter and sympathy is prone to unman us.

He wondered if this Indian could by some strange accident have been given a temperament so fine that sorrow could unman him.

This thought appeased for a moment the new fear that threatened to unman him for all time, the fear that he had failed!

He knew that the sight of homely faces would unman him, and that he would break down like a child.

I threw him my thanks in a trumped-up smile, which he returned with such sweet encouragement as to nearly unman me.