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un- +‎ bosom (the seat of emotions).


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ʌnˈbʊz.əm/, /ˌʌnˈbʊz.əm/


unbosom (third-person singular simple present unbosoms, present participle unbosoming, simple past and past participle unbosomed)

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  1. (archaic) To tell someone about (one's troubles), and thus obtain relief.
    • 1594, Shakespeare, Willam, Love's Labour's Lost, act V, scene 2, line 2040:
      Their several counsels they unbosom shall
      To loves mistook, and so be mock'd withal
      Upon the next occasion that we meet,
      With visages displayed, to talk and greet.
  2. (archaic, reflexive) To free (oneself) of the burden of one's troubles by telling of them.
    • 1953, Beckett, Samuel, Watt, Paris: Olympia Press, OL 16635912M:
      Watt was not the first to whom Mr Graves had unbosomed himself, in this connexion. For he had unbosomed himself to Arsene, many years before...
  3. (archaic) To confess a misdeed.