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

1600–10; < Latin ēmasculātus (past participle of ēmasculāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + māscul(us) male + -ātus -ate1
Related formse·mas·cu·la·tion, noune·mas·cu·la·tive, adjectivee·mas·cu·la·tor, noune·mas·cu·la·to·ry [ih-mas-kyuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪˈmæs kyə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveself-e·mas·cu·la·tion, nounun·e·mas·cu·lat·ed, adjectiveun·e·mas·cu·la·tive, adjectiveun·e·mas·cu·la·to·ry, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • More modern methods are by the use of special instruments known as the emasculator and the craseur.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

British Dictionary definitions for emasculator


verb (ɪˈmæskjʊˌleɪt) (tr)
  1. to remove the testicles of; castrate; geld
  2. to deprive of vigour, effectiveness, etc
  3. botany to remove the stamens from (a flower) to prevent self-pollination for the purposes of plant breeding
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adjective (ɪˈmæskjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
  1. castrated; gelded
  2. deprived of strength, effectiveness, etc
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Derived Formsemasculation, nounemasculative or emasculatory, adjectiveemasculator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin ēmasculāre, from masculus male; see masculine
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Word Origin and History for emasculator



c.1600, from Latin emasculatus, past participle of emasculare "castrate," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + masculus "male, manly" (see masculine). Originally and usually in a figurative sense. Related: Emasculated; emasculating.

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