Emasculate vs. Demasculate - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Emasculate and Demasculate is that the Emasculate is a it refers to the removal of the body parts that make a man male, literallly castration and Demasculate is a To take the masculinity from someone.

Wiktionary

  • Emasculate (adjective)

    Deprived of unmanned, weak.

  • Emasculate (verb)

    To power; to castrate, to geld. from early 17th c.

  • Emasculate (verb)

    To deprive of spirit; to render effeminate; to vitiate by unmanly softness. from early 17th c.

  • Emasculate (verb)

    Of a flower: to deprive of the anthers.

  • Demasculate (verb)

    To remove the masculinity from (somebody).

Editors Contribution

  • Demasculate

    De- as a Latin prefix is used to mean “the opposite of” or “undo,” as in deconstruct (to take apart, the opposite of construct). For Latin speakers, ex- made more sense than de- in this context.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Emasculate (verb)

    deprive (a man) of his male role or identity

    "he feels emasculated, because he cannot control his sons' behaviour"

  • Emasculate (verb)

    castrate (a man or male animal).

  • Emasculate (verb)

    remove the anthers from (a flower).

  • Emasculate (verb)

    make (someone or something) weaker or less effective

    "the refusal to allow them to testify effectively emasculated the committee"

Webster Dictionary

  • Emasculate

    To deprive of virile or procreative power; to castrate power; to castrate; to geld.

  • Emasculate

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

  • Emasculate (adjective)

    Deprived of virility or vigor; unmanned; weak.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Emasculate (verb)

    deprive of strength or vigor;

    "The Senate emasculated the law"

  • Emasculate (verb)

    remove the testicles of a male animal

  • Emasculate (adjective)

    having unsuitable feminine qualities

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