Definition of desexualize in English:

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Pronunciation: /dēˈsekSH(əw)əˌlīz/


[with object]
Deprive of sexual character or the distinctive qualities of a sex.
Example sentences
  • Black feminists have consistently drawn attention to European history's construction of black women as hypersexual, or as desexualized characters, there to serve the interests of white women and men.
  • We defensively sanitize and desexualize ourselves and our children in order to reassure ourselves and others that we are free of any desires even remotely connected to childhood sexuality.
  • By desexualizing the issue we preserve the government's purpose (a social institution that brings stability to our society) without endorsing behavior that many of us consider immoral.



Pronunciation: /-ˌsekSHo͞oələˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • What dramatization, sanitization, and desexualization follow from this general inflation of psychic economies across the whole of social space?
  • One of feminism's great legacies was to dismantle the Victorian desexualisation of women whereby they were expected to bridle men's unruly sexuality.
  • Aside from constantly portraying ‘himself,’ his beautified body, desexualization, and on-screen relationships with men also play into his unrecognized camp.

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Syllabification: de·sex·u·al·ize

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