verb (used with object), circumcised, circumcising.
to remove the prepuce of (a male), especially as a religious rite.
to remove the clitoris, prepuce, or labia of (a female).
to purify spiritually.

1200–50; Middle English circumcisen < Latin circumcīsus (past participle of circumcīdere to cut around), equivalent to circum- circum- + -cīsus (-cīd- cut + -tus past participle suffix; see -cide)

circumciser, noun Unabridged
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circumcise (ˈsɜːkəmˌsaɪz)
1.  to remove the foreskin of (a male)
2.  to incise surgically the skin over the clitoris of (a female)
3.  to remove the clitoris of (a female)
4.  to perform the religious rite of circumcision on (someone)
[C13: from Latin circumcīdere, from circum- + caedere to cut]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., in Scriptural sense, from O.Fr. circoncisier, from L. circumcidere "to cut round, to cut trim, to cut off" (see circumcision). Related: Circumcised (1560s).
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circumcise cir·cum·cise (sûr'kəm-sīz')
v. cir·cum·cised, cir·cum·cis·ing, cir·cum·cis·es
To perform a circumcision.

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