• (RP) IPA: /ɪˈmæskjʊleɪt/
  • (GA) enPR: ĭ.măsʹkyə.lāt', IPA: /iˈmæskjəˌleɪt/


  1. deprived#Adjective|Deprived of virility or vigor; unmanned#Adjective|unmanned, weak.
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emasculate (emasculates, present participle emasculating; past and past participle emasculated)

  1. (transitive) To deprive of virile or procreative power#Noun|power; to castrate, to geld. [from early 17th c.]
    Synonyms: unman
  2. (transitive) To deprive of masculine vigor or spirit#Noun|spirit; to weaken; to render#Verb|render effeminate; to vitiate by unmanly softness. [from early 17th c.]
    Synonyms: unman, debilitate, demasculate, enervate, enfeeble
    Antonyms: empower, invigorate, masculate, strengthen
    • 1643, William Prynne, “The Soveraigne Povver of Parliaments & Kingdomes. […]”, in The Soveraigne Povver of Parliaments and Kingdomes: Divided into Fovre Parts. Together with an Appendix: […], printed at London: For Michael Sparke Senior, OCLC 22720680 ↗, page 29 ↗:
      [H]is Majeſty [...] is now reſolved (in proſecution of his priſtine Counſels) by force or policy to diſſolve this Parliament in diſcontent, as he hath done all former, and that with ſuch advantages of a generall ill opinion of Parliaments in the ignorant miſ-informed vulgar on the one hand, and of a prevailing counquering power on his part on the other hand, as ſhall either utterly extinguiſh the hopes and Bill of ſummoning any future trienniall Parliamentary Aſſemblies, or at leaſt ſo emaſculate the vigour, and eclipſe the power of them, if called; [...]
  3. (transitive, botany) Of a flower#Noun|flower: to deprive of the anthers.
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