unsex

[ uhn-seks ]
/ ʌnˈsɛks /

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.

Nearby words

  1. unsettle,
  2. unsettled,
  3. unsettlement,
  4. unsettling,
  5. unsew,
  6. unshackle,
  7. unshaded,
  8. unshadowed,
  9. unshakable,
  10. unshaken

Origin of unsex

First recorded in 1595–1605; un-2 + sex

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British Dictionary definitions for unsex

unsex

/ (ʌnˈsɛks) /

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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