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1Castrate (a man or male animal).
neuter, geld, cut, emasculate, desex, sterilize, unman, remove the testicles ofView synonyms
- ‘At the age of eighteen he evirated himself, thus hoping to open the pathway to Christian perfection.’
- ‘The unmoved Bottai notes that one of the bodies shows 'an enormous, bloodied gash: they have evirated him'.’
- ‘Some philosophers and divines have evirated themselves, and put out their eyes voluntarily, the better to contemplate.’
- ‘The mob had attempted to mutilate and evirate the manly figure’
- ‘In breeding, some evirate the foal while sucking.’
- 1.1 Deprive (a man) of his male role or identity; emasculate.
- ‘He did not know that a man's character dwindles into pusillanimity and cowardice, when, he is evirated by an operation totally different.’
- ‘Their minds are debased and evirated by effeminacy, lasciviousness, and fondness for loose pleasures.’
Early 17th century: from Latin evirat-, from the verb evirare (from e-, expressing a change of state, + vir ‘man’): see -ate.
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