emasculate vs epicene what difference

what is difference between emasculate and epicene

English

Etymology

From Latin emasculare or emasculō (to emasculate), from ē- (a variant of ex- (suffix denoting privation), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eǵʰs (out)) + masculus (male, masculine; a man) + (suffix forming verbs). Masculus is derived from mās (a man, a male) + -culus (suffix forming a diminutive of a noun).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪˈmæskjʊleɪt/
  • (General American) enPR: ĭ.măsʹkyə.lāt’, IPA(key): /iˈmæskjəˌleɪt/
  • Hyphenation: emas‧cu‧late

Adjective

emasculate (comparative more emasculate, superlative most emasculate)

  1. Deprived of virility or vigor; unmanned, weak.

Translations

Verb

emasculate (third-person singular simple present emasculates, present participle emasculating, simple past and past participle emasculated)

  1. (transitive) To deprive of virile or procreative power; to castrate, to geld. [from early 17th c.]
    Synonym: unman
    1. (specifically) To remove the entire male genitalia (the testicles, scrotum, and penis) of (a person or animal).
  2. (transitive) To deprive of masculine vigor or spirit; to weaken; to render effeminate; to vitiate by unmanly softness. [from early 17th c.]
    Synonyms: unman, debilitate, demasculate, enervate, enfeeble
    Antonyms: empower, invigorate, (obsolete) masculate, strengthen
  3. (transitive, botany) Of a flower: to deprive of the anthers.

Translations

Related terms

  • emasculated (adjective)
  • emasculation
  • emasculative
  • emasculator
  • emasculatory
  • emasculatrix

References

Further reading

  • emasculation on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • emaculates


English

Etymology

From Late Middle English epicene, epicen, epicin, epcyn, episcen, epycen, epycene, epycyn, ypsen ((grammar) having only one form for masculine and feminine gender, common), from Late Latin epicoenos, epicoenus (of a noun: applicable to either males or females), Latin epicoenon (noun applicable to either males or females; grammatical gender of such nouns), from Ancient Greek ἐπίκοινος (epíkoinos, common to many people, things, etc.; promiscuous, sluttish) (compare γένος ἐπίκοινον (génos epíkoinon, common gender)), from ἐπι- (epi-, prefix meaning ‘on, upon; on top of; all over’) + κοινός (koinós, common; general, public) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱóm (beside, by, near, with) + *-yós (suffix forming adjectives from noun stems)).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛpɪsiːn/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɛ.pəˌsin/
  • Hyphenation: epi‧cene

Adjective

epicene (not comparable)

  1. (linguistics) Of or relating to a class of Greek and Latin nouns that may refer to males or females but have a fixed grammatical gender (feminine, masculine, neuter, etc.).
  2. (linguistics) Of or relating to nouns or pronouns in any language that have a single form for male and female referents.
    Synonym: common
  3. (by extension) Suitable for use regardless of sex; unisex.
  4. (biology and figuratively) Of indeterminate sex, whether asexual, androgynous, hermaphrodite, or intersex; of a human face, intermediate in form between a man’s face and a woman’s face.
    Synonyms: gynandromorphic, gynandrous
  5. (by extension) Indeterminate; mixed.
  6. (by extension, usually derogatory) Of a man: effeminate.

Alternative forms

  • epicœne, epicoene (obsolete)

Derived terms

  • epicene pronoun
  • epicenism
  • epicenity

Translations

Noun

epicene (plural epicenes)

  1. (linguistics) An epicene word; preceded by the: the epicene words of a language as a class.
  2. (biology and figuratively) An epicene person, whether biologically asexual, androgynous, hermaphrodite, or intersex; an androgyne, a hermaphrodite. [from 17th c.]
  3. (by extension) A transsexual; also, a transvestite.
  4. (by extension, usually derogatory) An effeminate man.

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Notes

References

Further reading

  • epicenity on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Italian

Adjective

epicene

  1. feminine plural of epiceno

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