verb (used with object), un·manned, un·man·ning.

  1. to deprive of courage or fortitude; break down the manly spirit of: Constant conflict finally unmanned him.
  2. to deprive of virility; emasculate; castrate.

verb -mans, -manning or -manned (tr)

  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.1590s, “to deprive of the attributes of a human being,” from un- (2) + verbal derivative of man (n.). Meaning “to deprive of manly courage” is attested from c.1600; that of “to emasculate” is from 1680s.

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