[verb ih-mas-kyuh-leyt; adjective ih-mas-kyuh-lit, -leyt]
- to castrate.
- to deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.
- deprived of or lacking strength or vigor; effeminate.
Origin of emasculate
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He says what good are homes if they emasculate spirited men.The Crow's Nest
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But, it is said, that the fine arts soften and emasculate the mind.
He begins to see Bertha as she is: her unscrupulousness in money matters, her ceaseless effort to emasculate him.The Social Significance of the Modern Drama
- 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
- castrated; gelded
- deprived of strength, effectiveness, etc
C17: from Latin ēmasculāre, from masculus male; see masculine
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Word Origin and History for emasculate
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