[ verb ih-mas-kyuh-leyt; adjective ih-mas-kyuh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb ɪˈmæs kyəˌleɪt; adjective ɪˈmæs kyə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), e·mas·cu·lat·ed, e·mas·cu·lat·ing.

to deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.


deprived of or lacking strength or vigor; effeminate.

Origin of emasculate

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin ēmasculātus (past participle of ēmasculāre ), equivalent to ē- “from”+ māscul(us) “male” + -ātus adjective suffix; see origin at e-1, male, -ate1


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verb (ɪˈmæskjʊˌleɪt) (tr)

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

adjective (ɪˈmæskjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)

castrated; gelded
deprived of strength, effectiveness, etc

Derived forms of emasculate

emasculation, nounemasculative or emasculatory, adjectiveemasculator, noun

Word Origin for emasculate

C17: from Latin ēmasculāre, from masculus male; see masculine
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