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remasculate

verb; compounding
To (metaphorically) restore a man's masculine characteristics that may have become feminized. (If he's shaving his legs, he needs to be remasculated.) The word was probably formed due to someone seeking an antonym for the word 'emasculate', rather than using a phrase such as 'restore manliness to'. By replacing the 'e-/ex-' that means out or away with the prefix 're-/red-', which is almost opposite in meaning to 'e-/ex-', such an antonym was formed. Because it sounds similar to 'emasculate' and the widely known meaning of 're-', its meaning is almost immediately clear when it is used. This also appears to modeled after 'emasculate'. The root 'mascul' is used in this verb, but not many other verbs. Thus, it is most likely that the 'masculate' was considered as a single unit when forming this word, rather than as separate morphemes. The 're-', similar in sound to 'e-' and almost opposite in meaning was used to make it opposite in meaning to 'emasculate', rather than this being a novel formation from the root morphemes. It only metaphorically refers to restoring manhood though. This is most likely because 'emasculate' is also often used metaphorically to making a male more feminine in appearance or behavior. To 'remasculate' someone is to reverse this process, removing the feminine aspects.
 
With all the metrosexuals, American guys need to be remasculated.
Etymology : re- 'again' + mascul 'male' + -ate V 'to make'. Probably modeled after 'emasculate' which is its antonym when used metaphorically
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Last modified: 10 June 2008


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