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emaciated

[ih-mey-shee-ey-tid] /ɪˈmeɪ ʃiˌeɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
marked by emaciation.
Origin of emaciated
1655-1665
1655-65; emaciate + -ed2
Related forms
unemaciated, adjective
Synonyms
thin, wasted, puny, gaunt, haggard, scrawny.

emaciate

[ih-mey-shee-eyt] /ɪˈmeɪ ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), emaciated, emaciating.
1.
to make abnormally lean or thin by a gradual wasting away of flesh.
Origin
1640-50; < Latin ēmaciātus, wasted away, equivalent to ē- e-1 + maciātus, past participle of maciāre to produce leanness (maci(ēs) leanness + -ātus -ate1)
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  • A little wine was mulled; the girl could not swallow it, emaciated as she was.

    Historical Mysteries Andrew Lang
  • His handsome face, emaciated and pale, was that of the immortal Bonaparte.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • He was of emaciated frame, spare, and well nigh destitute of strength.

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  • But what held his attention most was the lean, emaciated face and penetrating eyes.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • He turned to the table, his long, emaciated, trembling fingers singling out a document that lay upon it.

British Dictionary definitions for emaciated

emaciated

/ɪˈmeɪsɪˌeɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
abnormally thin

emaciate

/ɪˈmeɪsɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(usually transitive) to become or cause to become abnormally thin
Derived Forms
emaciation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēmaciāre to make lean, from macer thin
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Word Origin and History for emaciated
adj.

1660s, past participle adjective from emaciate.

emaciate

v.

1620s (implied in emaciating), from Latin emaciatus, past participle of emaciare "make lean, waste away," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + macies "leanness," from macer "thin" (see macro-). Related: Emaciated; emaciating.

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