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verb (used with object)
  1. to deprive of sexual power; render impotent or frigid; spay or castrate.
  2. to deprive (oneself or another) of the proper or appropriate character and qualities of one's sex, as by unnatural conduct.

Origin of unsex

First recorded in 1595–1605; un-2 + sex
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Examples from the Web for unsex

Historical Examples of unsex

  • There be many ways a woman can "unsex" herself, beside lecturing in public.

  • Education, beyond the simple old-fashioned limits, tended only to unsex her.

  • When a woman does unsex herself, she can give a man points in wickedness that he never dreamed of.

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke

  • The attitude of men toward those women who have so far presumed to "unsex themselves" is known to all.

  • She cannot unsex herself or rid herself of the feeling that admiration is accorded to her as a pretty woman.

    Travelling Sketches.

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for unsex


verb (tr)
  1. mainly literary to deprive (a person) of the attributes of his or her sex, esp to make a woman more callous
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