emasculate

verb emas·cu·late \ i-ˈma-skyə-ˌlāt \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of emasculate

emasculated; emasculating
transitive verb
1 :to deprive of strength, vigor, or spirit :weaken
2 :to deprive of virility or procreative power :castrate
3 :to remove the androecium of (a flower) in the process of artificial cross-pollination

emasculate

play \i-ˈma-skyə-lət\ adjective

emasculation

play \i-ˌma-skyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

emasculator

play \i-ˈma-skyə-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of emasculate in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of emasculate

Latin emasculatus, past participle of emasculare, from e- + masculus male — more at male

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

EMASCULATE Defined for English Language Learners

emasculate

verb

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


Medical Dictionary

emasculate

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

medical Definition of emasculate

emasculated; emasculating
:to deprive of virility or procreative power :castrate

emasculation

play \-ˌmas-kyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

Law Dictionary

emasculate

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

legal Definition of emasculate

emasculated; emasculating
:to deprive (as a law or judicial opinion) of force or effectiveness


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