Emasculate meaning

ĭ-măskyə-lāt
Emasculate is defined as to deprive someone or something of its power and vigor, or to make a man unable to reproduce or to make a male feel like less of a man.

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.

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To deprive (a male) of the power to reproduce, as by removing the testicles; castrate; geld.
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Deprived of virility, strength, or vigor.
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Deprived of virility, strength, or vigor; effeminate.
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Deprived of virility or vigor; unmanned; weak.
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To deprive of masculine vigor or spirit; to weaken; to render effeminate; to vitiate by unmanly softness.
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To castrate.
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To deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.
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To destroy the strength or force of; weaken.

A novel emasculated by censorship.

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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”) + (verbal suffix).

    From Wiktionary