unsex


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un·sex

 (ŭn-sĕks′)
tr.v. un·sexed, un·sex·ing, un·sex·es
1. To deprive of sexual capacity or sexual attributes.
2. To castrate.

unsex

(ʌnˈsɛks)
vb (tr)
chiefly literary to deprive (a person) of the attributes of his or her sex, esp to make a woman more callous

un•sex

(ʌnˈsɛks)

v.t.
1. to deprive of sexual power; spay or castrate.
2. to deprive or divest of the qualities deemed appropriate for one's sex.
[1595–1605]

unsex


Past participle: unsexed
Gerund: unsexing

Imperative
unsex
unsex
Present
I unsex
you unsex
he/she/it unsexes
we unsex
you unsex
they unsex
Preterite
I unsexed
you unsexed
he/she/it unsexed
we unsexed
you unsexed
they unsexed
Present Continuous
I am unsexing
you are unsexing
he/she/it is unsexing
we are unsexing
you are unsexing
they are unsexing
Present Perfect
I have unsexed
you have unsexed
he/she/it has unsexed
we have unsexed
you have unsexed
they have unsexed
Past Continuous
I was unsexing
you were unsexing
he/she/it was unsexing
we were unsexing
you were unsexing
they were unsexing
Past Perfect
I had unsexed
you had unsexed
he/she/it had unsexed
we had unsexed
you had unsexed
they had unsexed
Future
I will unsex
you will unsex
he/she/it will unsex
we will unsex
you will unsex
they will unsex
Future Perfect
I will have unsexed
you will have unsexed
he/she/it will have unsexed
we will have unsexed
you will have unsexed
they will have unsexed
Future Continuous
I will be unsexing
you will be unsexing
he/she/it will be unsexing
we will be unsexing
you will be unsexing
they will be unsexing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been unsexing
you have been unsexing
he/she/it has been unsexing
we have been unsexing
you have been unsexing
they have been unsexing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been unsexing
you will have been unsexing
he/she/it will have been unsexing
we will have been unsexing
you will have been unsexing
they will have been unsexing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been unsexing
you had been unsexing
he/she/it had been unsexing
we had been unsexing
you had been unsexing
they had been unsexing
Conditional
I would unsex
you would unsex
he/she/it would unsex
we would unsex
you would unsex
they would unsex
Past Conditional
I would have unsexed
you would have unsexed
he/she/it would have unsexed
we would have unsexed
you would have unsexed
they would have unsexed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.unsex - deprive of sex or sexual powers
deprive, divest, strip - take away possessions from someone; "The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets"
2.unsex - remove the qualities typical of one's sex; "She unsexed herself"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
3.unsex - make infertile; "in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disabilites are sterilized"
neuter, spay, castrate, alter - remove the ovaries of; "Is your cat spayed?"
demasculinise, demasculinize, emasculate, castrate - remove the testicles of a male animal
vasectomise, vasectomize - remove the vas deferens; "many men choose to be vasectomized as a form of safe birth control"
operate on, operate - perform surgery on; "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"

unsex

verb
To render incapable of reproducing sexually:
Translations

unsex

[ˈʌnˈseks] VT (liter) → privar de la sexualidad, suprimir el instinto sexual de
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Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe topful Of direst cruelty!
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Joan's father grows much more intense in his threats when Joan describes her mission to "drive the English out of France" (81); Jacques d'Arc responds by saying "that rather than see her unsex herself and go away with the armies, he would require her brothers to drown her; and that if they should refuse, he would do it with his own hands" (82).
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Lear calls Goneril "a disease that's in (his) flesh" (II.4.221), and he denounces both elder daughters as "unnatural hags", (II.4.277); Lady Macbeth calls on evil spirits to "unsex" her (I.5.38) and "take (her) milk for gall" (I.5.45).
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