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emasculate

[v. ih-mas-kyuh-leyt; adj. ih-mas-kyuh-lit, -leyt] /v. ɪˈmæs kyəˌleɪt; adj. ɪˈmæs kyə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), emasculated, emasculating.
1.
to castrate.
2.
to deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.
adjective
3.
deprived of or lacking strength or vigor; effeminate.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin ēmasculātus (past participle of ēmasculāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + māscul(us) male + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
emasculation, noun
emasculative, adjective
emasculator, noun
emasculatory
[ih-mas-kyuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪˈmæs kyə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
self-emasculation, noun
unemasculated, adjective
unemasculative, adjective
unemasculatory, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un emasculative

emasculate

verb (transitive) (ɪˈmæskjʊˌleɪt)
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
adjective (ɪˈmæskjʊlɪt; -ˌleɪt)
4.
castrated; gelded
5.
deprived of strength, effectiveness, etc
Derived Forms
emasculation, noun
emasculative, emasculatory, adjective
emasculator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēmasculāre, from masculus male; see masculine
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Word Origin and History for un emasculative

emasculate

v.

c.1600, from Latin emasculatus, past participle of emasculare "castrate," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + masculus "male, manly" (see masculine). Originally and usually in a figurative sense. Related: Emasculated; emasculating.

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