un·​man | \ ˌən-ˈman How to pronounce unman (audio) \
unmanned; unmanning

Definition of unman

transitive verb

1 : to deprive of manly vigor, fortitude, or spirit

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unman


demoralize, emasculate, paralyze, undo, unnerve, unstring



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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

Examples of unman in a Sentence

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

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The in-depth report by the Times reveals that the death toll resulting from U.S. military unmanned drone strikes in Somalia have reached a third record high in as many years. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "The Trump Administration Is Waging a Drone War in Somalia With Increased Air Strikes," 12 Mar. 2019 The THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) is the product of Milrem, an Estonian defense firm. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Tank-Killer Robot Could Revolutionize Ground Warfare," 14 June 2018 The oceanic explorers of the future could be teams of ocean-going bots, manned or unmanned working together to gather more data than marine scientists have ever had to work with before. Logan Mock-bunting, Popular Mechanics, "On This Sea Cruise, Drones Train to Be the Underwater Explorers of the Future," 22 May 2015 The drone used for the rescue, known as a Little Ripper unmanned aerial vehicle, is also part of a shark-spotting program being rolled out across Australian beaches this summer. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "A Drone Saves Two Swimmers in Australia," 18 Jan. 2018 The first four engine flight controllers, for use in 2019’s unmanned Exploration Mission-1, have already been certified. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "More tests for NASA's next manned mission of Space Launch System," 17 Jan. 2018 An American politician who could similarly unman the president would create a lot of enthusiasm. Michelle Goldberg, Slate Magazine, "Will We Ever Have a Woman as President?," 31 May 2017 The Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle for sniffing out mines buried or tethered to the seafloor is slated to reach the LCS fleet in 2020, too. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Navy surface warfare boss cites 'pretty productive year' for littoral combat ships," 10 Aug. 2017 By unmanning the attorney general to the newspaper of record, Trump raised speculation that Sessions would resign, but Sessions is living his best life destroying minority communities at the moment, so resigning is the farthest thing from his mind. Brian Beutler, New Republic, "We’re on the Brink of an Authoritarian Crisis," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of unman

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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