castration

[ kas-trey-shuhn ]
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noun
  1. the removal of the testes.

  2. the removal of the ovaries.

  1. Psychology. the rendering or condition of impotency, literally or metaphorically, as a result of psychological means, especially the willful threat to a person's masculinity or femininity.

  2. the deprivation of strength, power, or efficiency: the castration of our morale by a ruthless leader.

Origin of castration

1
First recorded in 1400–50; from Old French or Latin castrātiōn- stem of castrātiō “emasculation”; see castrat(e), -ion

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How to use castration in a sentence

  • Secondly, the results of castration are most marked when the operation is performed in early childhood.

  • In certain cases, the bodily structure is influenced by castration at an age when the mental development is no longer affected.

  • It is inconceivable, however, that castration was originally performed with the purpose of engendering these characteristics.

  • What motives led to the castration of male cattle, a practice which everywhere obviously serves agricultural purposes?

  • castration has a strange effect: it emasculates both man, beast, and bird, and brings them to a near resemblance of the other sex.