- When the court rules that a penalty portion of a given law is unconstitutional and thus makes it effectively impossible to enforce the law, this is an example of a time when the court emasculates.
- When a woman makes fun of her boyfriend for being a wimp and not being able to do the things a man should, this is an example of when she emasculates him.
- to deprive (a male) of the power to reproduce, as by removing the testicles; castrate; geld
- to destroy the strength or force of; weaken: a novel emasculated by censorship
Origin of emasculate; from Classical Latin emasculatus, past participle of emasculare ; from e-, out + masculus, masculine
transitive verbe·mas·cu·lat·ed, e·mas·cu·lat·ing, e·mas·cu·lates
- To castrate.
- To deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.
Origin of emasculateLatin ēmasculāre, ēmasculāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + masculus, male, diminutive of mās, male, man.
- e·mas′cu·la′tive, e·mas′cu·la·to′ry
(comparative more emasculate, superlative most emasculate)
(third-person singular simple present emasculates, present participle emasculating, simple past and past participle emasculated)
From Latin emasculō, from e- (“away, out of”) + masculus (“male”) + -ō (verbal suffix).