emasculate

When you emasculate something or someone, you take away its strength. Some people believe that having a tough female boss can emasculate male employees.

The Latin emasculatus literally means "to castrate," though it is usually used figuratively, the same way emasculate is sometimes used to suggest a man isn't very manly. You may have seen bullies hassle a guy, saying he can't beat up anyone, or hit a curveball, or. . .you get the idea. Such emasculating is also insulting to women because it suggests strength and female are opposites.

Definitions of emasculate
  1. verb
    deprive of strength or vigor
    “The Senate emasculated the law”
    synonyms: castrate
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    type of:
    weaken
    lessen the strength of
  2. verb
    remove the testicles of a male animal
    synonyms: castrate, demasculinise, demasculinize
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    types:
    caponise, caponize
    convert a cock into a capon
    cut, geld
    cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses)
    type of:
    desex, desexualise, desexualize, fix, sterilise, sterilize, unsex
    make infertile
  3. adjective
    having unsuitable feminine qualities
    synonyms: cissy, effeminate, epicene, sissified, sissy, sissyish
    unmanful, unmanlike, unmanly
    not possessing qualities befitting a man
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