un·​make | \ ˌən-ˈmāk How to pronounce unmake (audio) \
unmade\ ˌən-​ˈmād How to pronounce unmade (audio) \; unmaking

Definition of unmake

transitive verb

1 : to cause to disappear : destroy
2 : to deprive of rank or office : depose
3 : to deprive of essential characteristics : change the nature of

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Examples of unmake in a Sentence

a movie studio chief who likes to boast that he can unmake any star in Hollywood if he wishes
Recent Examples on the Web And unless decomposers unmake, there isn’t anything that the composers can make with. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, "A Poetic, Mind-Bending Tour of the Fungal World," 24 June 2020 The forces of erosion act here as a kind of generative impulse, unmaking as inspiration to make. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Gravel, glass and glaze: The radical ceramics of Masaomi Yasunaga," 5 July 2019 Almost as rapidly, a sudden backlash from its many fans nearly unmade it. The Economist, "Chinese netizens get privacy-conscious," 7 Sep. 2019 Donald Trump is almost universally condemned for unmaking the liberal international order that has helped to keep the peace and generate unprecedented prosperity. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "As Europe Condemns Trump, Asia Takes a More Realistic View," 22 Feb. 2019 But Trump got to Washington by promising to unmake the political ecosystem, eradicating the existing species and populating it anew. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "Trump vs. the “Deep State”," 14 May 2018 In aligning herself so firmly with Trilling’s perspective, Robins repeats her subject’s mistakes, neglecting to address the psyche’s calculated oversights and necessary errors, the desperate little contradictions that made and unmade her. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Feuds of Diana Trilling," 29 May 2017 That which makes us also unmakes us, and the process of living seems inextricably bound to the process of dying. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, "Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever," 24 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of unmake

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Jul 2020

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“Unmake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmake. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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