cas·​trat·​ed ˈka-ˌstrā-təd How to pronounce castrated (audio)
: having had the testes or ovaries removed
The effect of antiestrogens … on androgen induced copulatory behavior was tested in sexually inexperienced castrated male rats.Biological Abstracts
: rendered impotent or deprived of virility, vitality, or effectiveness
To share that with someone you love, without threatening him or making him feel castrated is difficult, you have to tread extremely carefully.Laura Singer
In suburban communities, the notion of "decency," a kind of castrated chivalry or hypertrophied politeness, tends to depress the normal, healthy aggressiveness of social life …Anatole Broyard

Word History


from past participle of castrate entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of castrated was circa 1609

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Cite this Entry

“Castrated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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