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Definition of emasculate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    emasculate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//iˈmæskjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈmæskjuleɪt//
     
    [often passive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they emasculate
    BrE BrE//iˈmæskjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈmæskjuleɪt//
     
    he / she / it emasculates
    BrE BrE//iˈmæskjuleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈmæskjuleɪts//
     
    past simple emasculated
    BrE BrE//iˈmæskjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈmæskjuleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle emasculated
    BrE BrE//iˈmæskjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈmæskjuleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form emasculating
    BrE BrE//iˈmæskjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈmæskjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1emasculate somebody/something to make somebody/something less powerful or less effective
  2. 2emasculate somebody to make a man feel that he has lost his male role or qualities He felt emasculated by her dominance.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin emasculat- ‘castrated’, from the verb emasculare, from e- (variant of ex-, expressing a change of state) + masculus ‘male’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: emasculate