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Emasculate


EM'ASCULATE, verb transitive [Low Latin emasculo, from e and masculus, a male. See Male.]

1. To castrate; to deprive a male of certain parts which characterize the sex; to geld; to deprive of virility.

2. To deprive of masculine strength or vigor; to weaken; to render effeminate; to vitiate by unmanly softness.

Women emasculate a monarch's reign.

To emasculate the spirits.

EM'ASCULATE, adjective Unmanned; deprived of vigor.