[ verb ih-mas-kyuh-leyt; adjective ih-mas-kyuh-lit, -leyt ]
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verb (used with object),e·mas·cu·lat·ed, e·mas·cu·lat·ing.
  1. to deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.

  1. 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

Other words for emasculate

Other words from emasculate

  • e·mas·cu·la·tion, noun
  • e·mas·cu·la·tive, adjective
  • e·mas·cu·la·tor, noun
  • e·mas·cu·la·to·ry [ih-mas-kyuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ɪˈmæs kyə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
  • self-e·mas·cu·la·tion, noun
  • un·e·mas·cu·lat·ed, adjective
  • un·e·mas·cu·la·tive, adjective
  • un·e·mas·cu·la·to·ry, adjective

Words Nearby emasculate

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How to use emasculate in a sentence

  • Then, by a curious contrivance, he made the fierce hunter emasculate himself.

  • This is an invitation to all who can to emasculate themselves.

  • We should be obliged to emasculate Socialism, to dilute it, in order to win a support of questionable value.

    Socialism | John Spargo
  • And, as with other masculine and muscular females, her progeny are neuter working-females (sterile) and emasculate males (drones).

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction | Arabella Kenealy
  • Among decadent races and savages, the emasculate sons of deteriorate mothers assert their masculine authority otherwise.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction | Arabella Kenealy

British Dictionary definitions for emasculate


verb(ɪˈmæskjʊˌleɪt) (tr)
  1. to remove the testicles of; castrate; geld

  2. to deprive of vigour, effectiveness, etc

  1. botany to remove the stamens from (a flower) to prevent self-pollination for the purposes of plant breeding

adjective(ɪˈmæskjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
  1. castrated; gelded

  2. deprived of strength, effectiveness, etc

Origin of emasculate

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

Derived forms of emasculate

  • emasculation, noun
  • emasculative or emasculatory, adjective
  • emasculator, noun

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