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emasculate

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emasculate

verb emas·cu·late \i-ˈmas-kyə-ˌlāt\

: to make (a man) feel less masculine : to deprive (a man) of his male strength, role, etc.

: to make (something) weaker or less effective

emas·cu·lat·edemas·cu·lat·ing

Full Definition of EMASCULATE

transitive verb
1
:  to deprive of strength, vigor, or spirit :  weaken
2
:  to deprive of virility or procreative power :  castrate
3
:  to remove the androecium of (a flower) in the process of artificial cross-pollination
emas·cu·late \-lət\ adjective
emas·cu·la·tion \-ˌmas-kyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
emas·cu·la·tor \-ˈmas-kyə-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of EMASCULATE

  1. He plays the role of a meek husband who has been emasculated by his domineering wife.
  2. Critics charged that this change would emasculate the law.

Origin of EMASCULATE

Latin emasculatus, past participle of emasculare, from e- + masculus male — more at male
First Known Use: 1607

Rhymes with EMASCULATE

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emasculate

transitive verb emas·cu·late \i-ˈmas-kyə-ˌlāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
emas·cu·lat·edemas·cu·lat·ing

Medical Definition of EMASCULATE

:  to deprive of virility or procreative power :  castrate
emas·cu·la·tion \-ˌmas-kyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

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