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
emasculateplay \-lət\ adjective
emasculationplay \-ˌmas-kyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
emasculatorplay \-ˈmas-kyə-ˌlā-tər\ noun
Examples of emasculate in a sentence
He plays the role of a meek husband who has been emasculated by his domineering wife.
Critics charged that this change would emasculate the law.
Origin and Etymology of emasculate
Latin emasculatus, past participle of emasculare, from e- + masculus male — more at male
First Known Use: 1607
Synonym Discussion of emasculate
Legal Definition of emasculate
: to deprive (as a law or judicial opinion) of force or effectiveness
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