Eunuchism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Eunuchism The state of being eunuch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Paper was invented in the early second century by a Chinese eunuch.
    • n eunuchism The state of being a eunuch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Eunuchism the state of being a eunuch
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Quotations

  • Young
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    “Unlearned men of books are like the eunuchs who are guardians of the beautiful.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. eunuchismus, an unmanning, Gr. : cf. F. eunuchisme, eunuchism
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. eunouchoseunē, a couch, echein, to have charge of.

Usage

In literature:

An exact parallel to the gelding referred to above can be found in the eunuch of the Orient.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
I have attendants for my harem, eunuchs enough to make an army.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
Why, they travel abroad now without their eunuchs.
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
THE EUNUCH TO THE ABUSIVE MAN.
"The Fables of Phædrus" by Phaedrus
The young emperor of Rome, at first deceived by the eunuchs of the palace, is extricated from their pernicious influence by Misitheus.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
Behind the throne were fourteen or fifteen eunuchs, clothed in rich stuffs of various kinds and all manner of colours.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
SAMARITANS, THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH.
"The New Testament" by Various
The counsellors of the Sultan are no longer the Ministers, but the astrologers, eunuchs, and holy men of the Palace.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
The illustration of "The Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch by St. Philip" is a fair sample of the needlework picture of this time.
"Chats on Old Lace and Needlework" by Emily Leigh Lowes
Rich monarchs have become poor monks, brave conquerors have lost their manhood, eunuchs and women have overthrown armies and kingdoms.
"The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago" by Arthur Conan Doyle
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In poetry:

White as an almond are thy shoulders;
As new almonds stripped from the husk.
They guard thee not with eunuchs;
Not with bars of copper.
"Dance Figure" by Ezra Pound
The warrior was snared by her singing,
Nor noble, nor herd could withstand--
Then noiseless her portal was opened
By eunuchs of shadowy hand.
"Tamara" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
Ghastly Vatican.
I am sick to death of hot salt.
Green as eunuchs, your wishes
Hiss at my sins.
Off, off, eely tentacle!
There is nothing between us.
"Medusa" by Sylvia Plath
As on the sacred heights you dwell,
My place is in the willow dell,
One is the other near.
Before you, officers, I spread
These lines by me, poor eunuch, made.
Think not Mang-tsze severe.
"A Eunuch Complains Of His Fate" by Confucius
Once, when midnight smote the air,
Eunuchs ran through Hell and met
On every crowded street to stare
Upon great Juan riding by:
Even like these to rail and sweat
Staring upon his sinewy thigh.
"On Those That Hated The 'Playboy Of The Western World,' 1907" by William Butler Yeats
But over Akbar's brows the frown hung black,
And, turning to the eunuch at his back,
"Take them," he said, "and let the Jumna's waves
Hide both my shame and these accursed slaves!"
His loathly length the unsexed bondman bowed
"On my head be it!"
"Miriam" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Eunuchs aside, though, most balding men put up with their luck of the draw.
The eunuchs, a class of nobles employed as guards at the royal palace, preserved their lineage through the adoption of castrated sons and kept detailed genealogical records, which the researchers cross-verified with other historical accounts.
Now researchers who looked at historical records of Korean eunuchs castrated during boyhood found that the eunuchs lived considerably longer than ordinary, testicled men.
Researchers have shown that eunuchs living in Korea centuries ago outlived other men by a significant margin.
Esther, Mary, Jesus, the Ethiopian eunuch, Dorothy Day, Rosa Parks, Dietrich Bonhoeffer are not unique because they answered the call.
Treating 'eunuch' and ' homosexual ' as synonyms leads to 'gross misinterpretation' of Bible.
N "The Female Eunuch" (1971), Germaine Greer challenged women to change the way they thought about themselves, sex, love and society.
" The menopausal woman was "the equivalent of a eunuch," "de-sexed," "shriveled," "a dull-minded but sharp tongued caricature of her former self," "one of the ...
Treating 'eunuch' and 'homosexual' as synonyms leads to 'gross misinterpretation ' of Bible.
In his letter of Sept 27, Todd Reitzel bases his whole argument on the assumption that the words "eunuch" and "homosexual" are synonyms.
Scientists said Monday they have new evidence about why women live longer than men, from a study of historical data showing castrated Koreans far outlived their non-eunuch contemporaries.
Eunuchs may outlive other men.
Eunuchs outlive male counterparts, study of Korean dynasty finds.
Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch was perhaps the most brilliant, and certainly one of the most influential, of the wave of feminist books that appeared in the early 1970s.
' If you're from the Seven Kingdoms, a witch's prophecy, an army of eunuchs and a couple of dragons might get the job done.
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