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castrate

[kas-treyt] /ˈkæs treɪt/
verb (used with object), castrated, castrating.
1.
to remove the testes of; emasculate; geld.
2.
to remove the ovaries of.
3.
Psychology. to render impotent, literally or metaphorically, by psychological means, especially by threatening a person's masculinity or femininity.
4.
to deprive of strength, power, or efficiency; weaken:
Without those ten new submarines, our navy will be castrated.
noun
5.
a castrated person or animal.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin castrātus past participle of castrāre to geld, equivalent to castr- geld + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
castration, noun
castrator, noun
uncastrated, adjective
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Examples from the web for castration
  • Chemical castration and feminization of males do not occur under natural conditions.
  • And someone started leaving chopped-up sausages on his car, a possible reference to castration.
  • To many outsiders the country seemed numb, the subject of a kind of moral castration.
  • castration would certainly ensure a full head of hair for life.
  • Amazingly, normal pre-castration levels of aggression come back.
  • It was difficult to discern whether his suggestions for chemical castration and selective breeding were tongue in cheek.
  • castration also figured in a number of religious castration cults.
  • castration necessarily eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
  • castration is commonly performed on domestic animals not intended for breeding.
British Dictionary definitions for castration

castrate

/kæˈstreɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to remove the testicles of; emasculate; geld
2.
to deprive of vigour, masculinity, etc
3.
to remove the ovaries of; spay
4.
to expurgate or censor (a book, play, etc)
Derived Forms
castration, noun
castrator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin castrāre to emasculate, geld
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Word Origin and History for castration
n.

early 15c., castracioun, from Latin castrationem (nominative castratio), noun of action from past participle stem of castrare "to castrate, emasculate," supposedly from a noun *castrum "knife, instrument that cuts," from PIE root *kes- "to cut" (see caste). Freud's castration complex is attested from 1914 in English (translating German Kastrationsangst).

castrate

v.

1610s (implied in castrated), back-formation from castration (q.v.), or from Latin castratus, past participle of castrare. The figurative sense is attested earlier (1550s). Related: Castrating.

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castration in Medicine

castrate cas·trate (kās'trāt')
v. cas·trat·ed, cas·trat·ing, cas·trates

  1. To remove the testicles of a male; emasculate.

  2. To remove the ovaries of a female; spay.

castration cas·tra·tion (kā-strā'shən)
n.

  1. Removal of the testicles or ovaries; sterilization.

  2. A psychological disorder that is manifested in the female as the fantasized loss of the penis or in the male as fear of its actual loss.

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