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emasculate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj emasculate having unsuitable feminine qualities
    • v emasculate remove the testicles of a male animal
    • v emasculate deprive of strength or vigor "The Senate emasculated the law"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a emasculate Deprived of virility or vigor; unmanned; weak. "Emasculate slave."
    • Emasculate To deprive of masculine vigor or spirit; to weaken; to render effeminate; to vitiate by unmanly softness. "Luxury had not emasculated their minds."
    • Emasculate To deprive of virile or procreative power; to castrate power; to castrate; to geld.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • emasculate To deprive of the male functions; deprive of virility or procreative power; castrate; geld.
    • emasculate To deprive of masculine strength or vigor; weaken; render effeminate; vitiate by unmanly softness.
    • emasculate In general, to weaken; destroy the force or strength of; specifically, to weaken or destroy the literary force of, as a book or other writing, by too rigid an expurgation, or by injudicious editing.
    • emasculate To become unmanned or effeminate.
    • emasculate Deprived of the male functions; castrated; hence, unmanned; deprived of vigor.
    • emasculate In plant-breeding, to remove the anthers from a hermaphrodite flower in order to prevent self-fertilization. In case of monœcious plants, as Indian corn, the whole male inflorescence is removed. See detasseling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Emasculate e-mas′kū-lāt to deprive of the properties of a male: to castrate: to deprive of masculine vigour: to render effeminate
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. emasculare,; e, + masculus, male, masculine. See Male masculine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. emasculāre, -ātume, neg., masculus, dim. of mas, a male.

Usage

In literature:

Languorous, emasculated manhood may silently endure great wrongs for the sake of peace and quiet; but robust manhood never.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
They are lost or never gained by the males after emasculation.
"Little Masterpieces of Science:" by Various
That mend, and not emasculate our hearts, And teach the love of freedom and of arts.
"The Poetical Works of William Collins" by William Collins
I never should have dreamed of seeing an expurgated or emasculated edition from French quarters; but so it was.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
The priests of these divinities often voluntarily suffered emasculation.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
By these same exceptions the Senate emasculated that treaty and defeated the spirit of the agreement.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
The great Origen followed this advice and emasculated himself.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
More modern methods are by the use of special instruments known as the emasculator and the ecraseur.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Their emasculated creeds are only assumptions of human belief.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Beware the emasculated good, the good by exclusion rather than by victory.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
The French Socialist and Communist literature was thus completely emasculated.
"Manifesto of the Communist Party" by Karl Marx
Our religions and moralities have been trimmed to flatter us, till they are all emasculate and sentimentalized, and only please and weaken.
"The Voice of Science in Nineteenth-Century Literature" by Various
It had emasculated Mankind's natural suspicion of strangers.
"Assassin" by Jesse Franklin Bone
They are megacephalous and emasculate.
"A Novelist on Novels" by W. L. George
Poetry, for example, is only allowed in an emasculated form.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
I despise their sexless emasculate nervousness.
"The New Gulliver and Other Stories" by Barry Pain
She came of good, old New York stock, somewhat emasculated from too much wealth, but still pure.
"Cinderella Jane" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
If we yield to him he'll emasculate our profits.
"When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry" by Charles Neville Buck
Language has to be softened down for singing, as it need not be for speech; and this softening approaches to emasculation.
"Thomas Moore" by Stephen Gwynn
But withal, there was no emasculating abandonment to rapture of the hour.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. V (of VI)" by Louis Creswicke
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In news:

He's onto something: There are too many emasculated, blue-balled crooners on the radio right now.
Businesses are shying away from backing Proposition 32, the latest Republican revival of the so-called "paycheck protection" plan for emasculating the political efforts of all labor unions.
Former Spur Demps emasculated by nixing Paul's trade.
And it was former World Players of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka – the latter all but signed, sealed and delivered back to Milan, the Post has learned – that led the way in a 5-1 emasculation.
He was able to insert a poison pill into the immigration reform bill that aimed at emasculating the essential guest-worker program.
In a world increasingly populated by emasculated metrosexuals, the pop-culture caveman -- he of the grunting, stupid, and brutish variety -- is a visceral reminder that man's raw sexual urges can't be completely sublimated.
In herd problems, it is extremely important to sanitize shears, combs, cards, and dipping vats, along with knives and emasculators.
From @WWMDtv–It doesn't take much effort to emasculate a man.
The emasculation of Alex Rodriguez is nearly complete.
Or, judging from the emasculation-themed 2011-12 sitcom offerings "Work It," "Man Up," "Last Man Standing" and "How to Be a Gentleman," perhaps the message was, "Wither, man.
It is one thing to know that your political emasculation is inevitable.
"They're emasculating all the efforts to deal with renewable energy," Biden claimed.
Once upon a time in a very prude land, male rappers (and dudes in general) found it emasculating to publicly admit to enjoying the wet and wild world of cunnlingus.
PRESENT SYSTEM EMASCULATES CONSTITUTIONAL DISGRACE.
It's no easy feat to emasculate Mike Tyson, but Brad Pitt managed to pull that off.
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