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emasculate

[ verb ih-mas-kyuh-leyt; adjective ih-mas-kyuh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb 瑟藞m忙s ky蓹藢le瑟t; adjective 瑟藞m忙s ky蓹 l瑟t, -藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with object), e路mas路cu路lat路ed, e路mas路cu路lat路ing.
to deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.
adjective
deprived of or lacking strength or vigor; effeminate.
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Origin of emasculate

First recorded in 1600鈥10; from Latin 膿mascul膩tus (past participle of 膿mascul膩re ), equivalent to 膿- 鈥渇rom鈥+ m膩scul(us) 鈥渕ale鈥 + -膩tus adjective suffix; see origin at e-1, male, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for emasculate

emasculate

verb (瑟藞m忙skj蕣藢le瑟t) (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 (瑟藞m忙skj蕣l瑟t, -藢le瑟t)
castrated; gelded
deprived of strength, effectiveness, etc

Derived forms of emasculate

emasculation, nounemasculative or emasculatory, adjectiveemasculator, noun

Word Origin for emasculate

C17: from Latin 膿mascul膩re, from masculus male; see masculine
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