Definition of emasculate in English:



[with object]
  • 1usually as adjective emasculatedDeprive (a man) of his male role or identity.

    ‘he feels emasculated, because he cannot control his sons' behaviour’
    • ‘Norwood agrees men have been emasculated by female empowerment, but has no answers as to how that can be addressed.’
    • ‘‘I felt angry, cuckolded, emasculated,’ he said.’
    • ‘Because they had no recognized authority over their children, and could not control access to the bodies and labor of their wives, slave men were emasculated.’
    • ‘What is so curious is that emasculated men are now the norm rather than the exception.’
    • ‘His suicide suggests he can't live with the fact that a truer strain of crime exists, one that has emasculated him both by violating him and making him feel frivolous in his chosen profession.’
    • ‘Here, he has applied the treatment to Garrett and emasculated him in the process.’
    • ‘If the woman makes more money, has a better position, and is better educated, he will feel emasculated.’
    • ‘Is it because he feels emasculated by the sweet pink colour of his collar?’
    • ‘Men had been undermined and emasculated to such an extent in a woman-dominated world that they would soon be little more than ‘sperm donors’, the article claimed.’
    • ‘For a while, it looks like the perfect match, until he becomes emasculated by her drive.’
    • ‘Apparently, the Malaysian Man feels totally emasculated when the woman pays on a date.’
    • ‘This put-upon male is continually emasculated by all of the females in his life.’
    • ‘And Andrea Yates' pastor could have told us that any man emasculated by job loss and a demanding spouse would stray from his marriage bed.’
    • ‘Presumably it plugs him into some primitive elemental level of existence where he's not emasculated.’
    • ‘The potential muggers and robbers, emasculated by being deprived of the macho symbol, which they have used as a substitute for courage, will be less active or less violent in their actions.’
    • ‘While women become chaste and aloof, men are emasculated, unwilling to give expression to their physical desires.’
    • ‘In the '80s, working-class males were perceived as being emasculated by the way all their old jobs had shifted, the mines and steelworks and all that being shut down.’
    • ‘The double bind of colonialism required that he go to London in order to become a man - to make enough money to marry his sweetheart - yet London has emasculated him and made him inarticulate.’
    • ‘Years of psychological terrorisation have rendered them utterly incapable of deceit, and they gradually spend their existence in isolation, in garden sheds, fishing boats or in the company of other emasculated men.’
    • ‘He's clearly emasculated when he feels he has to sneak in a drink behind his wife's back, so in retaliation, he grows outwardly aggressive toward her.’
    effeminate, effete, unmanly, unmasculine, girlish, namby-pamby
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    1. 1.1archaic Castrate (a man or male animal).
      • ‘I eventually won, because I accidentally almost emasculated Justin and Quinn was laughing too hard to get the remote back from me.’
      castrate, neuter, geld, cut, desex, asexualize, sterilize, remove the testicles of
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    2. 1.2Botany Remove the anthers from (a flower).
      • ‘On each individual, three flowers were emasculated before anthesis and isolated using silk bags, while the fourth was taken as the pollen donor.’
      • ‘Cross-pollinated flowers were not emasculated, and pollinations were performed by rubbing anthers onto stigmas.’
      • ‘Flowers were emasculated by removing the anther tube with fine forceps.’
      • ‘However, there were several flowers open on each marked branch, so the reduction in geitonogamy from emasculating only one flower was probably minor.’
      • ‘Day-old flowers emasculated in the greenhouse experiment occasionally produced a fruit, indicating that the germination of self-pollen begins the day a flower opens.’
  • 2Make (someone or something) weaker or less effective.

    ‘the refusal to allow them to testify effectively emasculated the committee’
    • ‘Anybody who claims this bill is emasculating the equality law is grossly distorting the situation,’ he said.’
    • ‘Scalia's interpretation is implausible and would effectively emasculate the Amendment.’
    • ‘The British Government would like to emasculate the media and particularly the BBC for asking the pertinent questions and forming the inevitable conclusions.’
    • ‘President Bush has even succeeded in emasculating the post-Watergate reform that was supposed to help curb Nixonian secrecy, the Presidential Records Act of 1978.’
    • ‘As a consequence of that vote, we amended Article 29 of the 1937 Constitution, and thereby began the process of emasculating the document itself.’
    • ‘Lord Templeman pointed out that this interpretation would not give effect to the manifest intention of the Act but would emasculate it.’
    • ‘McKibbin is right, however, to point out that massive Parliamentary majorities emasculate political parties and their ideologies.’
    • ‘Byrd's fear is that such an action would deny Democrats any say in the selection of federal judges in much the same way the Enabling Act empowered Hitler's Nazi Party to emasculate its opponents in Germany's legislature.’
    • ‘Although a strengthened PDS was the core of a woman's subsistence need, the international funding agencies and the Indian Government were emasculating it in the name of Structural Adjustment Policies.’
    • ‘This emotional blackmail has the effect of emasculating the Left.’
    • ‘There almost seems to be a resigned, a tacit acceptance, to try just to give Sharon a chance and see whether he can actually emasculate the militants in his policy.’
    • ‘But there's a difference between updating the syllabus and emasculating it.’
    • ‘It is the fact that even sooner, midterm congressional elections can have the effect of emasculating their legislative programs.’
    • ‘Until we politically and socially emasculate it, we will continue to be shackled by a fantasy of individualism and a Hobbesian worldview that can no longer be ameliorated by an endless frontier or global economic dominance.’
    • ‘It would emasculate the trial process, and undermine public confidence in the administration of criminal justice, if a standard of perfection were imposed that was incapable of attainment in practice.’
    • ‘But, alas, its not and the Left cares more about emasculating the military then doing anything to support them.’
    • ‘The mainstream will take from the street and ‘homogenize it’ and thus emasculating the movement by diluting its edginess.’
    • ‘As Montrose and others develop, to entirely suppress their power or emasculate them would prevent her from having effective use of that power.’
    • ‘It is even rumoured that the G8 nations, when they gather at Gleneagles Hotel this summer, intend to cut the UN down to size, perhaps even to emasculate it completely.’
    • ‘For Kleber, however, Proposition 36 not only emasculates successful drug court programs but could have a damaging effect on social policy.’
    weaken, make feeble, make feebler, debilitate, enfeeble, enervate, dilute, erode, undermine, impoverish, cripple, reduce the powers of
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Early 17th century: from Latin emasculat- ‘castrated’, from the verb emasculare, from e- (variant of ex-, expressing a change of state) + masculus ‘male’.