Definitions for eunuchˈyu nək

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eunuch, castrate(noun)

    a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction

    "eunuchs guarded the harem"

Wiktionary

  1. eunuch(Noun)

    A castrated human male.

  2. eunuch(Noun)

    A sterilized human female (cf. The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer).

  3. eunuch(Noun)

    Such a man employed as harem guard or in certain (mainly Eastern) monarchies (e.g. late Roman and Chinese Empires) as court or state officials.

  4. Origin: Borrowed from eunuchus, originally from εὐνοῦχος, from εὐνή + ἔχω. Originally probably used to refer to a bed chamber attendant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eunuch(noun)

    a male of the human species castrated; commonly, one of a class of such persons, in Oriental countries, having charge of the women's apartments. Some of them, in former times, gained high official rank

  2. Eunuch(verb)

    alt. of Eunuchate

  3. Origin: [L. eunuchus, Gr. , prop., keeping or guarding the couch; couch, bed, + to have, hold, keep.]

Freebase

  1. Eunuch

    A eunuch is a man who may have been castrated, typically early enough in his life for this change to have major hormonal consequences. Less commonly, in translations of ancient texts, "eunuch" may refer to a man who is not castrated but who is impotent, celibate, or otherwise not inclined to marry and procreate. Most eunuchs who are castrated before puberty are not sexual. Castration was typically carried out on the soon-to-be eunuch without his consent in order that he might perform a specific social function; this was common in many societies. The earliest records for intentional castration to produce eunuchs are from the Sumerian city of Lagash in the 21st century BC. Over the millennia since, they have performed a wide variety of functions in many different cultures: courtiers or equivalent domestics, treble singers, religious specialists, government officials and guardians of women or harem servants. Eunuchs would probably be servants or slaves who, because of their function, had been castrated, usually in order to make them reliable servants of a royal court where physical access to the ruler could wield great influence. Seemingly lowly domestic functions—such as making the ruler's bed, bathing him, cutting his hair, carrying him in his litter, or even relaying messages—could in theory give a eunuch "the ruler's ear" and impart de facto power on the formally humble but trusted servant. Similar instances are reflected in the humble origins and etymology of many high offices. Eunuchs supposedly did not generally have loyalties to the military, the aristocracy, nor to a family of their own, and were thus seen as more trustworthy and less interested in establishing a private 'dynasty'. Because their condition usually lowered their social status, they could also be easily replaced or killed without repercussion. In cultures that had both harems and eunuchs, eunuchs were sometimes used as harem servants or seraglio guards.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eunuch

    ū′nuk, n. a castrated man—often employed as chamberlain in the East.—v.t. Eu′nuchate.—n. Eu′nuchism, the state of being a eunuch. [Gr. eunouchoseunē, a couch, echein, to have charge of.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eunuch in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eunuch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Updike:

    To say that war is madness is like saying that sex is madness: true enough, from the standpoint of a stateless eunuch, but merely a provocative epigram for those who must make their arrangements in the world as given.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    King Solomon was a wise king and teacher too. Moreover, Plato was a wonderful teacher and inspirer. As well, Socrates was also an awesome teacher and inspirer. Zig Ziglar was equally a profound teacher and motivator. Deodatta V. Shenai Khatkhate is undoubtedly an inspiring teacher and motivator. Eunuch Adebayo is an insightful teacher and preacher. Besides, David Oyedepo is a charismatic teacher and preacher among other teachers and inspirers like John C. Maxwell, Martin Luter King Jnr., Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, Chinua Achebe, Oprah Winfrey, Henry Ford, Nelson Mandela, Wole Soyinka, Chris Oyakhilome, Paul Enenche, David Ogbueli, Matthew Ashimolowo, David Abioye etc. But above all, Jesus Christ was the greatest teacher and inspirer. And he will ever remain the greatest teacher and inspirer of all time. Because, he was the embodiment of divine wisdom, he is still the embodiment of divine wisdom and he will ever remain the embodiment of divine or extraordinary wisdom. Oh! yes, Jesus Christ is as well the epitome of divine wisdom. If you don't concur with me. Go ahead and read the scriptures (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). For, you will surely and eventually concur with me QED.

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