- to remove the testes of; emasculate; geld.
- to remove the ovaries of.
- Psychology. to render impotent, literally or metaphorically, by psychological means, especially by threatening a person's masculinity or femininity.
- to deprive of strength, power, or efficiency; weaken: Without those ten new submarines, our navy will be castrated.
- a castrated person or animal.
Origin of castrate
Examples from the Web for castrate
In fact, the estrogen that they employed did worse than castrate the subject—it could act as a cerebral depressant.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
And it seemed like Nic was trying to emasculate and castrate this supposedly clichéd action hero.Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn on Sex, Violence & More
July 17, 2013
"If they want to castrate them, that's fine," says Debbie Savoie, vice president of the Massachusetts group Community Voices.The Case for Castration
March 26, 2009
He hired the police to castrate the stranger, which was done in the jail.
It will be easiest to castrate the kids be89tween the age of two and four weeks.Practical Angora Goat Raising
C. P. Bailey
Hence it was not uncommon in Italy to castrate boys in order to fit them for soprano singers when adults.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
I wish the British would catch and castrate every one of them, so that they may be old women in reality.With Steyn and De Wet
We sent them happy thoughts in dreams, inspired them to tame the horse, to castrate the bull, to teach the dog to guard the sheep.The Revolt of the Angels
- to remove the testicles of; emasculate; geld
- to deprive of vigour, masculinity, etc
- to remove the ovaries of; spay
- to expurgate or censor (a book, play, etc)
Word Origin and History for castrate
1610s (implied in castrated), back-formation from castration (q.v.), or from Latin castratus, past participle of castrare. The figurative sense is attested earlier (1550s). Related: Castrating.
- To remove the testicles of a male; emasculate.
- To remove the ovaries of a female; spay.