- 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
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Examples from the Web for unsex
There be many ways a woman can "unsex" herself, beside lecturing in public.Folly as It Flies
Education, beyond the simple old-fashioned limits, tended only to unsex her.Mitchelhurst Place, Vol. I (of 2)
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.Our Androcentric Culture, or The Man Made World
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
She cannot unsex herself or rid herself of the feeling that admiration is accorded to her as a pretty woman.Travelling Sketches.
- 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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