verb (used with object)

to deprive of sexual power; render impotent or frigid; spay or castrate.
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)

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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