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[ uhn-pee-puh l ]
/ ʌnˈpi pəl /

verb (used with object), un·peo·pled, un·peo·pling.

to deprive of people; depopulate.

Nearby words

unpatriotic, unpaved, unpeg, unpen, unpenetrable, unpeople, unpeopled, unperceived, unperforated, unperson, unpersuaded

Origin of unpeople

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

Definition for unpeople (2 of 2)


[ uhn-pur-suh n ]
/ ˈʌnˈpɜr sən /


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.
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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unpeople

  • 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 (1 of 2)


/ (ʌnˈpiːpəl) /


(tr) to empty of people

British Dictionary definitions for unpeople (2 of 2)


/ (ˈʌnpɜːsən) /


a person whose existence is officially denied or ignored
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