verb un·man \ˌən-ˈman\

Definition of UNMAN

transitive verb
:  to deprive of manly vigor, fortitude, or spirit

Examples of UNMAN

  1. <the near crash of the airliner was a completely unmanning experience for the passengers>
  2. <players who wouldn't let themselves be unmanned by the loss of a single game>

First Known Use of UNMAN

circa 1600

Synonym Discussion of UNMAN

unnerve, enervate, unman, emasculate mean to deprive of strength or vigor and the capacity for effective action. unnerve implies marked often temporary loss of courage, self-control, or power to act <unnerved by the near collision>. enervate suggests a gradual physical or moral weakening (as through luxury or indolence) until one is too feeble to make an effort <a nation's youth enervated by affluence and leisure>. unman implies a loss of manly vigor, fortitude, or spirit <a soldier unmanned by the terrors of battle>. emasculate stresses a depriving of characteristic force by removing something essential <an amendment that emasculates existing safeguards>.


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