emasculate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin emasculō, from e- (away, out of) + masculus (male) + (verbal suffix).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: ĭ.măsʹkyə.lāt', IPA(key): /ɪˈmæs.kjəˌleɪt/

Adjective[edit]

emasculate (comparative more emasculate, superlative most emasculate)

  1. Deprived of virility or vigor; unmanned; weak.

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Verb[edit]

emasculate (third-person singular simple present emasculates, present participle emasculating, simple past and past participle emasculated)

  1. (transitive) To deprive of virile or procreative power; to castrate; to geld.
  2. (transitive) To deprive of masculine vigor or spirit; to weaken; to render effeminate; to vitiate by unmanly softness.
    • V. Knox
      Luxury had not emasculated their minds.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.