eunuch

[yoo-nuhk]
noun
a castrated man, especially one formerly employed by Oriental rulers as a harem guard or palace official.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English eunuk < Latin eunūchus < Greek eunoûchos eunuch, chamberlain, equivalent to eune-, stem of eunḗ bed, place of sleeping + -ochos keeping (akin to échein to hold

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eunuch (ˈjuːnək)
 
n
1.  a man who has been castrated, esp (formerly) for some office such as a guard in a harem
2.  informal an ineffective man: a political eunuch
 
[C15: via Latin from Greek eunoukhos attendant of the bedchamber, from eunē bed + ekhein to have, keep]

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eunuch
late 14c., from Gk. eunoukhos "castrated man," originally "guard of the bedchamber or harem," from euno-, comb. form of eune "bed" + -okhos, from stem of ekhein "to have, hold." The Gk. and L. forms of the word were used to transl. Heb. saris, which sometimes meant merely "palace official," in Septuagint
and Vulgate, probably without an intended comment on the qualities of bureaucrats.
"Eunuches is he þat is i-gilded, and suche were somtyme i-made wardeynes of ladyes in Egipt." [Travisa, 1387]
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eunuch eu·nuch (yōō'nək)
n.
A man or boy whose testes have been removed or have never developed.

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Eunuch definition


literally bed-keeper or chamberlain, and not necessarily in all cases one who was mutilated, although the practice of employing such mutilated persons in Oriental courts was common (2 Kings 9:32; Esther 2:3). The law of Moses excluded them from the congregation (Deut. 23:1). They were common also among the Greeks and Romans. It is said that even to-day there are some in Rome who are employed in singing soprano in the Sistine Chapel. Three classes of eunuchs are mentioned in Matt. 19:12.

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Example sentences
It was like being verbally assaulted by some sort of sleepy incoherent hippie
  eunuch.
In this murder mystery set in 1836 Istanbul, the investigator is a court eunuch.
Get out of my sight you childless eunuch.
At last the impious Vartranes made a trembling push, and stabbed the holy
  eunuch.
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