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emaciated

[ih-mey-shee-ey-tid]
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adjective
  1. marked by emaciation.
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Origin of emaciated

First recorded in 1655–65; emaciate + -ed2
Related formsun·e·ma·ci·at·ed, adjective

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thin, wasted, puny, gaunt, haggard, scrawny.

emaciate

[ih-mey-shee-eyt]
verb (used with object), e·ma·ci·at·ed, e·ma·ci·at·ing.
  1. to make abnormally lean or thin by a gradual wasting away of flesh.
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Origin of emaciate

1640–50; < Latin ēmaciātus, wasted away, equivalent to ē- e-1 + maciātus, past participle of maciāre to produce leanness (maci(ēs) leanness + -ātus -ate1)
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Examples from the Web for emaciated

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Historical Examples

  • His handsome face, emaciated and pale, was that of the immortal Bonaparte.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Starvation is in the emaciated features, the brilliant feverish eyes.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • But what held his attention most was the lean, emaciated face and penetrating eyes.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • The man, though young and athletic, was emaciated and weary-looking.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • You haven't a particle of feeling, or you would be emaciated by this time.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton


British Dictionary definitions for emaciated

emaciated

adjective
  1. abnormally thin
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emaciate

verb
  1. (usually tr) to become or cause to become abnormally thin
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Derived Formsemaciation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin ēmaciāre to make lean, from macer thin
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Word Origin and History for emaciated

adj.

1660s, past participle adjective from emaciate.

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emaciate

v.

1620s (implied in emaciating), from Latin emaciatus, past participle of emaciare "make lean, waste away," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + macies "leanness," from macer "thin" (see macro-). Related: Emaciated; emaciating.

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