Definition of emasculate
emasculateplay \i-ˈma-skyə-lət\ adjective
emasculationplay \i-ˌma-skyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
emasculatorplay \i-ˈma-skyə-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
EMASCULATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emasculate for English Language Learners
: to make (a man) feel less masculine : to deprive (a man) of his male strength, role, etc.
: to make (something) weaker or less effective
Legal Definition of emasculate
: to deprive (as a law or judicial opinion) of force or effectiveness
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