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emasculate

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verb emas·cu·late \i-ˈmas-kyə-ˌlāt\

Simple Definition of emasculate

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

  • : to make (something) weaker or less effective

Full Definition of emasculate

emas·cu·lat·edemas·cu·lat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deprive of strength, vigor, or spirit :  weaken

  3. 2 :  to deprive of virility or procreative power :  castrate

  4. 3 :  to remove the androecium of (a flower) in the process of artificial cross-pollination

emas·cu·late play \-lət\ adjective
emas·cu·la·tion play \-ˌmas-kyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
emas·cu·la·tor play \-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

Synonym Discussion of emasculate

unnerve, enervate, unman, emasculate mean to deprive of strength or vigor and the capacity for effective action. unnerve implies marked often temporary loss of courage, self-control, or power to act <unnerved by the near collision>. enervate suggests a gradual physical or moral weakening (as through luxury or indolence) until one is too feeble to make an effort <a nation's youth enervated by affluence and leisure>. unman implies a loss of manly vigor, fortitude, or spirit <a soldier unmanned by the terrors of battle>. emasculate stresses a depriving of characteristic force by removing something essential <an amendment that emasculates existing safeguards>.

Rhymes with emasculate

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Medical Dictionary

emasculate

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transitive verb emas·cu·late \i-ˈmas-kyə-ˌlāt\

Medical Definition of emasculate

emas·cu·lat·edemas·cu·lat·ing

  1. :  to deprive of virility or procreative power :  castrate

  2. emas·cu·la·tion \-ˌmas-kyə-ˈlā-shən\play noun





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