Eunuch meaning

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A castrated man, traditionally employed as a harem attendant or as a functionary in certain Asian courts.
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(often offensive) A man or boy whose testes are nonfunctioning or have been removed.
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(derogatory) An ineffectual or powerless man.
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A castrated man in charge of a harem or employed as a chamberlain or high officer in the court of an emperor or potentate.
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Any man or boy lacking normal function of the testes, as through castration or disease.
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The definition of a eunuch is a castrated man.

An example of a eunuch is a prisoner of war during the Shang Dynasty.

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A castrated man, traditionally employed as a harem attendant or as a functionary in certain Asian courts.
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(often offensive) A man or boy whose testes are nonfunctioning or have been removed.
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A castrated human male.
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Such a man employed as harem guard or in certain (mainly Eastern) monarchies (e.g. late Roman and Chinese Empires) as court or state officials.
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(in translations of ancient texts) A man who is not inclined to marry and procreate.
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Origin of eunuch

  • Middle English eunuk from Latin eunūchus from Greek eunoukhos eunē bed -okhos keeping (from ekhein to keep segh- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French eunuque, from Latin eunuchus, from Ancient Greek εὐνοῦχος (eunoukhos), from εὐνή (eunē, “bed”) + ἔχω (ekhō, “I have, keep”). Originally probably used to refer to a bed chamber attendant.

    From Wiktionary