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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v castrate remove the ovaries of "Is your cat spayed?"
    • v castrate remove the testicles of a male animal
    • v castrate edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate "bowdlerize a novel"
    • v castrate deprive of strength or vigor "The Senate emasculated the law"
    • n castrate a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction "eunuchs guarded the harem"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Between April 1st and September 30th it is legal to capture and castrate any horse or donkey that you find roaming around your property.
    • Castrate To cut or take out; esp. to remove anything erroneous, or objectionable from, as the obscene parts of a writing; to expurgate. "My . . . correspondent . . . has sent me the following letter, which I have castrated in some places."
    • Castrate To deprive of the testicles; to emasculate; to geld; to alter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Up until the early 20th century, New Jersey and Wisconsin had laws allowing the castration of epileptics.
    • castrate To deprive of the testicles; geld; emasculate.
    • castrate In botany, to deprive (a flower) of its anthers.
    • castrate To remove something objectionable from, as obscene parts from a writing; expurgate; destroy the strength or virility of; emasculate.
    • castrate To take out a leaf or sheet from, and render imperfect; mutilate.
    • castrate Figuratively, to take the vigor or spirit from; mortify.
    • castrate Gelded; emasculated.
    • castrate In botany, deprived of the anthers; anantherous: applied to stamens or flowers.
    • n castrate One who or that which has been castrated, gelded, or emasculated; a eunuch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A castrated rooster is called a capon.
    • v.t Castrate kas′trāt to deprive of the power of generation, to remove the testicles, geld, emasculate: to take from or render imperfect
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  • Mary Daly
    Mary Daly
    “If God is male, then male is God. The divine patriarch castrates women as long as he is allowed to live on in the human imagination.”
  • Jovius
    “They castrate the books of other men in order that with the fat of their works they may lard their own lean volumes.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. castrarus, p; p. of castrare, to castrate, asin to Skr. çastra, knife
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. castrāre, -ātum.


In literature:

I remember only one out of some half-dozen in which castration became necessary.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
As to the castration of calves, it is such a simple process that it is unnecessary to say much on the subject.
"Cattle and Cattle-breeders" by William M'Combie
How comes it that the editions since 1740 have been so castrated?
"Notes and Queries, Number 52, October 26, 1850" by Various
To secure a more uniform flow and a richer quality of milk, cows are sometimes spayed, or castrated.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
"History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present" by Peter Charles Remondino
The only rational and effective treatment is castration, and when the disease is specific (glanders, tuberculosis), even this may not succeed.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
It is proper not to omit the influence of castration.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
The third method, that of experiment, is available to us only in the form of castration.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
CASTRATION, assumption of female characters caused by, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Bullocks and horses are bulls and stallions castrated at an early age, and can be distinguished at first sight from normal males.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
This disease may follow castration or operation for hernia.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
He only gave the first sixteen books, and these castrated.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Blaine speaks of castration under such circumstances.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
We sent them happy thoughts in dreams, inspired them to tame the horse, to castrate the bull, to teach the dog to guard the sheep.
"The Revolt of the Angels" by Anatole France
Before the kids are allowed to go out with the flock the males should be castrated.
"Practical Angora Goat Raising" by C. P. Bailey
As the bulls became old and developed signs of viciousness, they were castrated, younger animals being used for breeding.
"Fur Farming" by A. R. Harding
Certainly its most immediate interpretation is castration as a punishment for onanism.
"A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis" by Sigmund Freud
That sex is no protection against inoculated virus is shown by the frequent inoculation of castrated dogs of both sexes.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
Castration is a simple and safe process.
"Sheep, Swine, and Poultry" by Robert Jennings
These unfortunates are castrated in early youth, in order that they may retain their high boyish voices.
"The History of Creation, Vol. I (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel

In news:

Late castration resulted in fewer irreparable ruptures and improved healing of scrotal hernias, which may reduce death loss, according to a study conducted at Dykhuis Farms, Inc, Holland, MI.
These mad scientists have just announced the release of their latest product – Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout – made with freshly castrated bull testicles .
Two men accused in plot to murder, castrate pop star.
Justin Bieber target of castration, murder plot hatched in Las Cruces ( affidavit attached).
New Mexico State Police say pop star Justin Bieber was the target of a castration and murder plot hatched by a New Mexico man serving life in prison for murder.
Justin Bieber's Manager Speaks Out on Alleged Murder, Castration Plot.
Investigators have thwarted a convicted murderer's plot to kill and castrate teen idol Justin Bieber, Albuquerque's KRQE news reports.
) having been castrated by an hyperparasite fungus (white with yellow material).
Justin Bieber target of castration, murder plot hatched in Las Cruces (affidavit attached ).
Whatever your opinion of Justin Bieber, an insane plot to murder and castrate the teen phenom, which was recently hatched by a convicted killer, is going way too far.
INTERVIEWS Justin Bieber Castration Plot Foiled By the Lunatic Belieber Who Ordered It.
New Mexico state police say two New Mexico men have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to murder and castrate pop singer Justin Bieber.
Police said a convicted killer asked two former jail mates to kidnap, kill and castrate four people, including Bieber.
Cops foiled a wild murder plot hatched by two crazed Justin Bieber fans who planned to castrate and murder the teen pop superstar, it was revealed today.
A Sydney doctor has been banned from practicing medicine after he prescribed a young man a "cure" for his homosexuality — chemical castration.