Definition of castrate in English:



  • 1 Remove the testicles of (a male animal or man)

    • ‘At birth, calves were identified with a numbered ear tag, they were weighed, sex was recorded, and male calves were castrated.’
    • ‘We later found out that the song was about a woman who got revenge on a rapist by castrating him.’
    • ‘Such an income would not only have benefited the castrato but, more importantly, the family that castrated him.’
    • ‘Other bulls are castrated, and this seems to be simply based on the individual preference of their owner, although a castrate will grow larger and hence become more valuable.’
    • ‘Then at 18 she met a group of eunuchs - castrated men who dressed as women and sang and danced for a living.’
    • ‘The Emperor of China would employ eunuchs, castrated men, as guards and servants in his Palace.’
    • ‘Cronus used a sickle to castrate his father Uranus, and he is often portrayed throughout literature as having a long beard.’
    • ‘Some castrate their dogs just because they are energetic.’
    • ‘Nine cats were castrated males; three cats were females: two of them were spayed.’
    • ‘Men, in particular, have abhorred the idea of castrating their dogs, as if it were some kind of crime against male dominance.’
    • ‘The mouse was also castrated, so that it would produce a higher level of the hormone that switches on sperm production.’
    • ‘The best day, by far, was watching the vet castrate a colt, but for some strange reason, Peter doesn't like me to talk about that too explicitly.’
    • ‘She could do anything he could, from riding and roping to branding the cattle and castrating the bulls.’
    • ‘His desire for power is so great that he castrates himself in order to attain invincible and mystical powers.’
    • ‘Adrian had a sudden fear that the man might borrow his accomplice's knife and castrate him, or at the very least stab him.’
    • ‘Male calves were castrated either at birth, at time of initial vaccination, or at weaning.’
    neuter, geld, cut, emasculate, desex, sterilize, unman, remove the testicles of
    doctor, fix
    evirate, caponize, eunuchize
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    1. 1.1 Deprive of power, vitality, or vigor.
      ‘the nation is a castrated giant, afraid to really punish subversives’


  • A man or male animal whose testicles have been removed.

    • ‘Agueda Yzquierdo, for instance, could recall the castration of Juan de Aleson, the full castrate who later married Maria de Legaria.’
    • ‘Historians interested in the development of musical castrati in Europe often point to Islamic Spain as the source of early castrates and the medieval practice of castration.’
    • ‘As will be shown below, the castrate, the non-man, played an important role in the ordinary figuring of masculinity and manhood in the Spanish village.’
    • ‘He demonstrated that atrazine is an endocrine disruptor that chemically castrates and feminizes male amphibians.’
    • ‘As demonstrated in the case of castrates, manhood clearly depended on physical attributes: being a sexually intact male.’
    • ‘These were cases whose basic question was anatomy - regarding hermaphrodites, castrates, and impotent men - and they reveal much about anxieties then prevalent concerning sexual categorization.’
    • ‘Pope Sixtus V unequivocally prohibited marriage to castrates in 1587 when he responded to the Spanish papal nuncio's question about several women in Madrid who had married eunuchs.’
    • ‘The seventy-year-old father, Matheo, personally warned the local priest that his son, Domingo, at the age of twenty-seven, was a castrate.’
    • ‘Other bulls are castrated, and this seems to be simply based on the individual preference of their owner, although a castrate will grow larger and hence become more valuable.’
    • ‘Regardless of their infamous local reputations, or perhaps to restore them, these castrates occasionally attempted to marry.’
    • ‘The castrates were, however, deadly serious in their pursuit of a paradise on earth, and Meek says he came across a history of them in a Parisian bookshop.’
    • ‘Atrazine is a potent endocrine disrupter that chemically castrates and feminizes amphibians and other wildlife.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin castrare.