- to remove the prepuce of (a male), especially as a religious rite.
- to remove the clitoris, prepuce, or labia of (a female).
- to purify spiritually.
Origin of circumcise
Examples from the Web for circumciser
Historical Examples of circumciser
The circumciser then examines the prepuce, the glans, and removes any sebaceous collection.History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present
Peter Charles Remondino
- to remove the foreskin of (a male)
- to incise surgically the skin over the clitoris of (a female)
- to remove the clitoris of (a female)
- to perform the religious rite of circumcision on (someone)
Word Origin for circumcise
mid-13c., "to cut off the foreskin," from Old French circoncisier "circumcise" (12c., Modern French circoncire), from Latin circumcisus, past participle of circumcidere "to cut round, to cut trim, to cut off" (see circumcision). Related: Circumcised; circumcising.
- To perform a circumcision.