unman(redirected from unmanning)
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tr.v. un·manned, un·man·ning, un·mans
1. To take away characteristics traditionally associated with masculinity, such as courage or strength: "So desolate were those places and so deep the horror that lay on them that some of the host were unmanned, and they could neither walk nor ride further north" (J.R.R. Tolkien).
2. To take away virility from; emasculate: "If Henry tells the world that he is impotent because I have unmanned him, how can I prove differently?" (Philippa Gregory).
vb (tr) , -mans, -manning or -manned
1. to cause to lose courage or nerve
2. to make effeminate
3. to remove the men from
4. archaic to deprive of human qualities
v.t. -manned, -man•ning.
1. to deprive of courage or fortitude; break down the manly spirit of.
2. to deprive of virility; emasculate; castrate.
Past participle: unmanned