a) To deprive of sexual attributes or characteristics

1603-06 William Shakespeare - Macbeth - Act I, Scene V

b) To sterilize

Lady Macbeth: "Come, you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts! unsex me here, / And fill me from the crown to the toe full / Of direst cruelty:"

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  • Unsex — Un*sex , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Unsexed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Unsexing}.] [1st pref. un + sex.] To deprive of sex, or of qualities becoming to one s sex; esp., to make unfeminine in character, manners, duties, or the like; as, to unsex a woman. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unsex — [unseks′] vt. 1. to deprive of sexual power 2. to deprive of the qualities considered characteristic of one s sex; esp., to make unwomanly …   English World dictionary

  • unsex — transitive verb Date: 1606 1. to deprive of sex or sexual power 2. to deprive of the qualities typical of one s sex …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unsex — /un seks /, v.t. 1. to deprive of sexual power; render impotent or frigid; spay or castrate. 2. to deprive (oneself or another) of the proper or appropriate character and qualities of one s sex, as by unnatural conduct. [1595 1605; UN 2 + SEX] *… …   Universalium

  • unsex — To castrate; to deprive of the gonads. * * * un·sex seks vt to deprive of sexual qualities or characteristics esp CASTRATE (1a) …   Medical dictionary

  • unsex — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To render incapable of reproducing sexually: alter, castrate, fix, geld, neuter, spay, sterilize. See REPRODUCTION, RICH …   English dictionary for students

  • unsex — v. neuter; damage sexuality …   English contemporary dictionary

  • unsex — verb deprive (someone) of gender, sexuality, or the characteristic attributes of one or other sex …   English new terms dictionary

  • unsex — v 1. asexualize, castrate, neuter, alter, ovariectomize, oophorectomize; {of horses) geld, {of female animals) spay, {of fowl) capon, {of animals) New England. deacon, Inf. fix, Inf. cut. 2. emasculate, unman, effeminize, womanize; eu nuchize …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • unsex — un·sex …   English syllables

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