- to cut off all or part of the foreskin of (a male)
- to cut off the labia minora or clitoris of (a female)
- Archaic to cleanse from sin; purify
Origin of circumciseMiddle English circumcisen ; from Old French circonciser ; from Classical Latin circumcisus, past participle of circumcidere, to cut around, in LL(Ec), to circumcise ; from circum, around + caedere, to cut: see -cide
transitive verbcir·cum·cised, cir·cum·cis·ing, cir·cum·cis·es
- To remove the prepuce of (a male).
- To remove all or part of the clitoris, prepuce, or labia of (a female).
Origin of circumciseMiddle English circumcisen, from Latin circumc&imacron;dere, circumc&imacron;s-, to cut around : circum-, circum- + caedere, to cut; see ka&schwa;-id- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present circumcises, present participle circumcising, simple past and past participle circumcised)