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[uhn-meyk] /ʌnˈmeɪk/
verb (used with object), unmade, unmaking.
to cause to be as if never made; reduce to the original elements or condition; undo; destroy.
to depose from office or authority; demote in rank.
to change the essential point of (a book, play, etc.).
to alter the opinion of (one's mind).
to change or alter the character of.
Origin of unmake
1350-1400; Middle English unmaken. See un-2, make1 Unabridged
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  • I've been weak and contemptible enough to let you unmake me.

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
  • You are going to be able to make and unmake men as you choose.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • She will be yours to make—yours to unmake, to mould, fashion, remould—with God's good help.

    The Danger Mark Robert W. Chambers
  • If we build up this throne, he who sits on it is our viceroy; we have made, and can unmake him.'

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • The State did not make and could not unmake 'the Trew Church,' but was bound to establish, foster, and obey it.

    Historical Mysteries Andrew Lang
  • But we cannot unmake ourselves or change our habits in a moment.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • They tell us why poverty will not unmake one: but they tell us more.

    Sermons for the Times Charles Kingsley
  • We will go out against the world and break it and unmake it.

  • A fine thing to boast of,' thought Philammon, 'in the face of the men who make and unmake kings and Caesars!'

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for unmake


verb (transitive) -makes, -making, -made
to undo or destroy
to depose from office, rank, or authority
to alter the nature of
Derived Forms
unmaker, noun
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