Definition of castrate in English:


Syllabification: cas·trate
Pronunciation: /ˈkasˌtrāt


[with object]
  • 1Remove the testicles of (a male animal or man).
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    • Male calves were castrated either at birth, at time of initial vaccination, or at weaning.
    • At birth, calves were identified with a numbered ear tag, they were weighed, sex was recorded, and male calves were castrated.
    • Nine cats were castrated males; three cats were females: two of them were spayed.
    neuter, geld, cut, desex, unsex, sterilize, fix, alter, doctor
    archaic emasculate
  • 1.1Deprive of power, vitality, or vigor: (as adjective castrated) the nation is a castrated giant, afraid to really punish subversives


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  • A man or male animal whose testicles have been removed.
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    • Historians interested in the development of musical castrati in Europe often point to Islamic Spain as the source of early castrates and the medieval practice of castration.
    • Agueda Yzquierdo, for instance, could recall the castration of Juan de Aleson, the full castrate who later married Maria de Legaria.
    • Pope Sixtus V unequivocally prohibited marriage to castrates in 1587 when he responded to the Spanish papal nuncio's question about several women in Madrid who had married eunuchs.



Pronunciation: /kaˈstrāSHən/
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  • The intensity of violence, visual and textual (reports of castrations, descriptions of shrieks and the butchering of corpses), makes the events mind-numbing.
  • As a part of clinical treatment, chemical castration is a preventive measure designed to physically reduce the offender's sexual drive.
  • Several musicologists have argued that hernia operations in the early modern period were often pretexts for castration.


Pronunciation: /-ˌtrātər/
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  • Although their roles as parasitic castrators has been documented, relatively little is known about the biology of ciliate parasites in mayflies.
  • Indeed, some parasites are castrators, completely destroying the host's reproductive machinery.


mid 16th century: from Latin castrare.

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