verb (used with object), e·mas·cu·lat·ed, e·mas·cu·lat·ing.
- to castrate.
- to deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.
- deprived of or lacking strength or vigor; effeminate.
verb (ɪˈmæskjʊˌleɪt) (tr)
- to remove the testicles of; castrate; geld
- to deprive of vigour, effectiveness, etc
- botany to remove the stamens from (a flower) to prevent self-pollination for the purposes of plant breeding
adjective (ɪˈmæskjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
- castrated; gelded
- deprived of strength, effectiveness, etc
1620s, agent noun from emasculate.
c.1600, from Latin emasculatus, past participle of emasculare “castrate,” from ex- “out, away” (see ex-) + masculus “male, manly” (see masculine). Originally and usually in a figurative sense. Related: Emasculated; emasculating.
- The surgical removal of the testes and penis; castration.