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Emasculation of a human male is the
By extension, the word has also come to mean to render a male less masculine, including by humiliation, or to deprive anything of vigour or effectiveness. Such metaphorical usage has become much more usual than the literal meaning, e.g., the reduction or removal of legislative enforceability, as in "[William Lewis Hughes] voted for Folkestone’s amendment to Curwen’s emasculated reform bill, 12 June 1809..."