[verb ih-mas-kyuh-leyt; adjective ih-mas-kyuh-lit, -leyt]
- to castrate.
- to deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.
- deprived of or lacking strength or vigor; effeminate.
Origin of emasculate
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They are lost or never gained by the males after emasculation.
They talk of the emasculation of the staff as a future danger.Home Life in Germany
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Emasculation was a necessary first condition of service in her worship.The Satyricon, Complete
The time required after covering depends, of course, on the age of the bud when emasculation takes place.
The first task in crossing grapes is to remove the anthers before the flower opens, a process known as emasculation.
- to remove the testicles of; castrate; geld
- to deprive of vigour, effectiveness, etc
- botany to remove the stamens from (a flower) to prevent self-pollination for the purposes of plant breeding
- castrated; gelded
- deprived of strength, effectiveness, etc
C17: from Latin ēmasculāre, from masculus male; see masculine
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Word Origin and History for emasculation
1620s, agent noun from emasculate.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The surgical removal of the testes and penis; castration.
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