emasculate

[v. ih-mas-kyuh-leyt; adj. ih-mas-kyuh-lit, -leyt]
verb (used with object), emasculated, emasculating.
1.
to castrate.
2.
to deprive of strength or vigor; weaken. debilitate, undermine, devitalize, soften.
adjective
3.
deprived of or lacking strength or vigor; effeminate.

Origin:
1600–10; < Latin ēmasculātus (past participle of ēmasculāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + māscul(us) male + -ātus -ate1

emasculation, noun
emasculative, adjective
emasculator, noun
emasculatory [ih-mas-kyuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
self-emasculation, noun
unemasculated, adjective
unemasculative, adjective
unemasculatory, adjective
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emasculate
 
vb
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
 
adj
4.  castrated; gelded
5.  deprived of strength, effectiveness, etc
 
[C17: from Latin ēmasculāre, from masculus male; see masculine]
 
emascu'lation
 
n
 
e'masculative
 
adj
 
e'masculatory
 
adj
 
e'masculator
 
n

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emasculate
1607, from L. emasculatus, pp. of emasculare "castrate," from ex- "out, away" + masculus "male" (see masculine). Originally and usually in the fig. sense.
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Example sentences
When emasculating, the thumb nail is generally used to remove the stamens, corolla and calyx at one operation.
The growth management act is enforcing controls and hemming in everything and suddenly your are emasculating values.
Successful business can weather economic storms through the use of reserves and without emasculating their operations.
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