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eunuch

Syllabification: eu·nuch
Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞onək
 
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Definition of eunuch in English:

noun

1A man who has been castrated, especially (in the past) one employed to guard the women’s living areas at an oriental court.
Example sentences
  • The Emperor of China would employ eunuchs, castrated men, as guards and servants in his Palace.
  • Then at 18 she met a group of eunuchs - castrated men who dressed as women and sang and danced for a living.
  • He alone would have been carried across the immense first courtyard - 200m long by 190m wide - in a palanquin on the shoulders of eunuchs, guarded by the thousands of soldiers who manned the red walls.
1.1An ineffectual person: a nation of political eunuchs
More example sentences
  • Failing to have prosecuted Labour over these scandals would probably have relegated ACT to United Future or Progressive levels of influence - political eunuchs.
  • The House of Commons, inundated by a quota system guaranteed to promote mediocrity, had become a government harem populated by political eunuchs.
  • And he ensured that he surrounded himself with political eunuchs.

Origin

Old English, via Latin from Greek eunoukhos, literally 'bedroom guard', from eunē 'bed' + a second element related to ekhein 'to hold'.

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