marked by emaciation.

Origin of emaciated

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

Synonyms for emaciated



verb (used with object), e·ma·ci·at·ed, e·ma·ci·at·ing.

to make abnormally lean or thin by a gradual wasting away of flesh.

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

Contemporary Examples of emaciated

Historical Examples of emaciated

  • 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



abnormally thin



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

Word Origin for emaciate

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

1660s, past participle adjective from emaciate.



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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