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

v deprive of strength or vigor

“The Senate emasculated the law”
Type of:
lessen the strength of

v remove the testicles of a male animal

castrate, demasculinise, demasculinize
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

adj having unsuitable feminine qualities

cissy, effeminate, epicene, sissified, sissy, sissyish
unmanful, unmanlike, unmanly
not possessing qualities befitting a man

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