Definition of evirate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛːvɪreɪt//ˈiːvɪreɪt/


[with object]rare
  • 1Castrate (a man or male animal).

    • ‘At the age of eighteen he evirated himself, thus hoping to open the pathway to Christian perfection.’
    • ‘Some philosophers and divines have evirated themselves, and put out their eyes voluntarily, the better to contemplate.’
    • ‘In breeding, some evirate the foal while sucking.’
    • ‘The unmoved Bottai notes that one of the bodies shows 'an enormous, bloodied gash: they have evirated him'.’
    • ‘The mob had attempted to mutilate and evirate the manly figure’
    neuter, geld, cut, emasculate, desex, sterilize, unman, remove the testicles of
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    1. 1.1 Deprive (a man) of his male role or identity; emasculate.
      • ‘Their minds are debased and evirated by effeminacy, lasciviousness, and fondness for loose pleasures.’
      • ‘He did not know that a man's character dwindles into pusillanimity and cowardice, when, he is evirated by an operation totally different.’


Early 17th century: from Latin evirat-, from the verb evirare (from e-, expressing a change of state, + vir ‘man’): see -ate.