emasculatory

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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