Health care professionals treat advanced prostate cancer patients by reducing production of the hormone testosterone. … physicians may medically castrate patients, a non-surgical method that uses drugs such as synthetic luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists.—San Diego Center for Urology Care
Throughout his writing life Hemingway constantly criticized and satirized Fitzgerald, whom he felt had been psychologically castrated by Zelda, couldn't hold his liquor, had no personal dignity, and publicly humiliated himself.—Jeffrey Meyers
: to deprive of vitality, strength, or effectiveness
The bill was castrated by removal of the enforcement provisions.
… a barrage of questions about whether energy policy dictated by the White House would castrate the EPA's drive to clean up air pollution.—Nature
Arango was a well-known celibate with a special devotion to St. Erasmus of Delft, the castrate.—Donald Barthelme
Castration of meat-producing male animals has been widely used for a very long time, mainly for an easier control of their behaviour and the higher propensity of castrates to deposit fat, a commodity that has been in high demand until quite recently.—Carrick Devine and M. Dikeman
Farmers castrated the bull calf.
a movie version that castrates the hard-hitting novel
Recent Examples on the Web
The most disturbing of them: Are the mothers castrating their young?—John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, 29 June 2023 They could be branded, castrated, dismembered, or executed.—Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 21 July 2023 The protocol was to remove the testes – effectively castrating her.—David Oliver, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023 Their task was to castrate the stallion — a necessary surgery to keep the animal from becoming uncontrollable and a danger to its owner and to other animals.—Emiliano Rodríguez Mega Victor J. Blue, New York Times, 9 May 2023 In an attempt to keep the animals’ numbers from rising exponentially, local authorities have spent thousands of dollars sterilizing them, but the hippos are breeding faster than experts are able to find and castrate them.—Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 30 Mar. 2023 During the day, Hunter teaches the women how to castrate bulls — a skill this farmer's wife will need to know.—Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 28 Mar. 2023 Donalds does not indulge in histrionic speeches about mutilation and castrated children.—Laura Jedeed, The New Republic, 27 Mar. 2023 There was Tom comparing himself to the Emperor Nero, who killed his wife and then castrated and married his servant Sporus (Greg in this allegory).—Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 24 Mar. 2023 See More
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borrowed from Latin castrātus, past participle of castrāre "to remove the testes of (a male animal), spay (a female animal), emasculate," probably derivative of a noun *castrum "knife, cutting instrument," going back to Indo-European *ḱəs-tro-, from *ḱəs-, zero-grade of *ḱes- "cut, cut off" + *-tr-, suffix of instruments; whence also, with presumed full grade, Sanskrit śástra- "knife, murder weapon"; from the base *ḱes- Sanskrit ví śasta "carved up," śāśá- "knife for butchering"
Other words that have been attributed to Indo-European *ḱes- are Greek keázein, aorist keássai "to split," the formation of which is unclear; and the Slavic etymon exemplified by Russian kosá "scythe," Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian kòsa (though this has also been compared with Russian kosój "slanting, oblique," Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian kȍs).