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The Senate emasculated the law.
  to take away strength or vigor of someone or something


to make a male less masculine


to remove the testicles of a male animal
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  • The Senate emasculated the law.
  • He felt emasculated by his mother.
  • I pictured my father finding the very act of shopping emasculating.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • On a beach, they made a spectacle of themselves when Fred, feeling emasculated by the pity over his missing leg, flung away his crutches, hopped over to Louie, and tackled him.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • Hundreds of sculptures had been emasculated.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The poets were pale emasculates, and Western men held them in contempt.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • This kind of emasculation was suffered, in one form or another, by all the men interned at Manzanar.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • Bud: He’s going to state his position on that emasculation business that’s stirred up such a mess in the state.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • She got an emasculated carrot, a droopy leaf of celery, a soft tomato and a fresh sprig of parsley.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The traveller who stops at the best houses, so called, soon discovers this, for the publicans presume him to be a Sardanapalus, and if he resigned himself to their tender mercies he would soon be completely emasculated.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden

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  • His face had grown wrinkled, yellow, and strangely emasculate.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Light in August (1932) features a character named Joe Christmas who suffers emasculation at the novel’s end; while neither his behavior nor his particular wound is very obviously Christlike, his life and death have to do with the possibility of redemption.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • It was an emasculation, a sentence, and this—what he was feeling now—this torture was his punishment for breaking her ridiculous vase.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • He’d had enough lectures on naval history to know that submarines had twice nearly strangled England’s maritime empire and had successfully emasculated the economy of Japan.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • The French Socialist and Communist literature was thus completely emasculated.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • In private he showed elation over the maddening events of the hostage crisis, clearly gleeful that America was emasculated before the world.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Physically, she was of a pale, emasculate and unimportant structure, with no real mental force or depth, and was easily made to feel that this was an excellent field in which to distinguish herself and attract a little attention.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • But so far as Mr. Washington apologizes for injustice, North or South, does not rightly value the privilege and duty of voting, belittles the emasculating effects of caste distinctions, and opposes the higher training and ambition of our brighter minds,—so far as he, the South, or the Nation, does this,—we must unceasingly and firmly oppose them.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • So far as Tom had gained any acquaintance with the Romans at Mr. Jacob’s academy, his knowledge was strictly correct, but it went no farther than the fact that they were "in the New Testament"; and Mr. Stelling was not the man to enfeeble and emasculate his pupil’s mind by simplifying and explaining, or to reduce the tonic effect of etymology by mixing it with smattering, extraneous information, such as is given to girls.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He trusted us to do the right thing, and here we were secretly plotting to emasculate him.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • It’s chambers still contained the emasculated cartridges.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • It’s emasculating to be plucked up like a stray sock and carried about all the time.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • But I’ve got to think up something or they’ll emasculate the whole Department.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Polished and sanguine, he looked emasculated and alien to the place where I had spent the last seven years of my life.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • This so-called benefactor of mankind talked a fine game about purification and sanctification, but in fact he was bent upon the emasculation of life, wanted to let it bleed to death.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Emasculated by dams and diversion canals, the lower Colorado burbles indolently from reservoir to reservoir through some of the hottest, starkest country on the continent.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • St Cloud, would stoop to stand on a platform next to her father while he explains and excuses on tv this random emasculation of a young Nigra caught on a street after midnight.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • With anger and repulsion he looked at Smerdyakov’s emasculate, sickly face, with the little curls combed forward on his forehead.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • His ego already shattered by the damage to his career, he found this new assault emasculating.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Here at a stroke of the pen was erected a government of millions of men,—and not ordinary men either, but black men emasculated by a peculiarly complete system of slavery, centuries old; and now, suddenly, violently, they come into a new birthright, at a time of war and passion, in the midst of the stricken and embittered population of their former masters.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • His thin emasculate face seemed to have become so tiny; his hair was ruffled, and his crest of curls in front stood up in a thin tuft.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
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