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.
A novel emasculated by censorship.
Origin of emasculate
- Latin ēmasculāre ēmasculāt- ē-, ex- ex- masculus male diminutive of mās male, man
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin emasculō, from e- (“away, out of”) + masculus (“male”) + -ō (verbal suffix).