to remove the testes of; emasculate; geld.
to remove the ovaries of.
Psychology. to render impotent, literally or metaphorically, by psychological means, especially by threatening a person’s masculinity or femininity.
to deprive of strength, power, or efficiency; weaken:
Without those ten new submarines, our navy will be castrated.
a castrated person or animal.
Contemporary Examples

“If they want to castrate them, that’s fine,” says Debbie Savoie, vice president of the Massachusetts group Community Voices.
The Case for Castration Tim Murphy March 25, 2009

In fact, the estrogen that they employed did worse than castrate the subject—it could act as a cerebral depressant.
The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero Clive Irving November 28, 2014

And it seemed like Nic was trying to emasculate and castrate this supposedly clichéd action hero.
Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn on Sex, Violence & More Marlow Stern July 16, 2013

Historical Examples

Hence it was not uncommon in Italy to castrate boys in order to fit them for soprano singers when adults.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia Various

He hired the police to castrate the stranger, which was done in the jail.
Journeys and Experiences in Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile Henry Stephens

It will be easiest to castrate the kids be89tween the age of two and four weeks.
Practical Angora Goat Raising C. P. Bailey

We sent them happy thoughts in dreams, inspired them to tame the horse, to castrate the bull, to teach the dog to guard the sheep.
The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France

The Holodias will not rear male calves at their houses, and do not castrate their bulls.
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

They will not castrate cattle even through their servants, but sell the young bulls and buy oxen.
The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India R. V. Russell

I wish the British would catch and castrate every one of them, so that they may be old women in reality.
With Steyn and De Wet Philip Pienaar

verb (transitive)
to remove the testicles of; emasculate; geld
to deprive of vigour, masculinity, etc
to remove the ovaries of; spay
to expurgate or censor (a book, play, etc)

1610s (implied in castrated), back-formation from castration (q.v.), or from Latin castratus, past participle of castrare. The figurative sense is attested earlier (1550s). Related: Castrating.

castrate cas·trate (kās’trāt’)
v. cas·trat·ed, cas·trat·ing, cas·trates

To remove the testicles of a male; emasculate.

To remove the ovaries of a female; spay.


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