unmanning

unman

[uhn-man]
verb (used with object), unmanned, unmanning.
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.

Origin:
1590–1600; un-2 + man1

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unman (ʌnˈmæn)
 
vb , -mans, -manning, -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

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unman
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. Unmanned "not furnished with a crew" is from 1540s.
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