eunuch

noun
eu·​nuch | \ ˈyü-nək How to pronounce eunuch (audio) , -nik \

Definition of eunuch

1 : a castrated man placed in charge of a harem or employed as a chamberlain in a palace
2 : a man or boy deprived of the testes or external genitals
3 : one that lacks virility or power political eunuchs

Other Words from eunuch

eunuchism \ ˈyü-​nə-​ˌki-​zəm How to pronounce eunuch (audio) , -​ni-​ \ noun

Examples of eunuch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two-hour service featured messages, prayers, music and Bible readings chosen by Rohrer, including the story of a follower of Jesus who met and baptized a eunuch - groundbreaking in ancient times. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2021 After months of pressure from his mother and sister, Herod ordered the torture of Mariamne’s favorite eunuch to get the dirt on his wife. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 18 Dec. 2019 As one of the chief advisors to King Aerys II, the eunuch had a front row seat to the Mad King's psychotic break. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, 13 May 2019 African eunuchs who knew where water was in a desert. Nadia Bolz-weber, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2018 Pfanz also believes eunuch priests only made their sacrifices in the morning or evening hours, when the concentration of the gas was deadly enough. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, 19 Feb. 2018 Another risk: The Zenned-out Warriors would be mocked as zombies, eunuchs and kiss-ups. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Dec. 2017 Hailing from Northern Ireland, Hill is best-known as Lord Varys, scheming eunuch and and spymaster to the King of the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones. Isobel Thompson, A-LIST, 10 Mar. 2017 What happened: True love conquers everything, including the very obvious physical limitations of Grey Worm being a eunuch whose penis and testicles had been removed. Matt Miller, Esquire, 12 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of eunuch

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eunuch

Middle English eunuk, from Latin eunuchus, from Greek eunouchos, from eunē bed + echein to have, have charge of — more at scheme entry 1

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“Eunuch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eunuch. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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eunuch

noun
eu·​nuch | \ ˈyü-nək, -nik How to pronounce eunuch (audio) \

Medical Definition of eunuch

: a man or boy deprived of the testes or external genitals

Other Words from eunuch

eunuchism \ -​ˌiz-​əm How to pronounce eunuch (audio) \ noun

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