eunuch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n eunuch a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction "eunuchs guarded the harem"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Paper was invented in the early second century by a Chinese eunuch.
    • v. t Eunuch To make a eunuch of; to castrate. as a man.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n eunuch In the East, a chamberlain; a keeper of the bedchamber, or of the women in a large or polygamous household: an office generally (and in the latter case always) held by castrated men, and often bringing to its holders in princely houses great political influence.
    • n eunuch Hence, in general Any castrated male of the human species.
    • eunuch Unproductive; barren.
    • eunuch To make a eunuch of; castrate, as a man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Eunuch ū′nuk a castrated man—often employed as chamberlain in the East
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Quotations

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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. eunuchare,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. eunouchoseunē, a couch, echein, to have charge of.

Usage

In literature:

The Greek army received a new commander in the eunuch Narses, who had served before under Belisarius.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
Or hear in eunuch sounds a hero squeak, While kingdoms rise or fall upon a shake!
"The Poetical Works of William Collins" by William Collins
The eunuch is no more a woman than a bullock is a cow.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Finally she was hung from a pear-tree by a eunuch.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
The vestal, the virgin, the eunuch for the kingdom of heaven's sake are the exemplars of the love to God.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
Nor is it allowable for her to be seen by any male servants except eunuchs.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
All the disciples of his contemporary, Valens of Barathis, made themselves eunuchs.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The eunuch was announced, and the Grand Vizier ordered him to be brought into his presence.
"Told in the Coffee House" by Cyrus Adler
The tribunes, "legislative eunuchs," as they have been called, were men such as Daunou, Benjamin Constant, and J.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
GANEM (snatches the whip from the eunuch).
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
At last Justinian sent the eunuch Narses with a well-appointed army.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
The reply of Candace's eunuch, 'How can I understand unless someone shall guide me?
"James Gilmour of Mongolia" by James Gilmour
Near them were 7000 black and white eunuchs.
"The Art of Needle-work, from the Earliest Ages, 3rd ed." by Elizabeth Stone
The eunuch continued singing and pounding furiously on the floor to mark the rhythm for his musicians.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The eunuch returned, followed by two slaves, who bore on a bier a corpse covered with a large pall.
"A Christian But a Roman" by Mór Jókai
A few moments afterwards the door at the opposite end of the room opened, and Ali and twelve dumb eunuchs entered with torches.
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
Study about the persons: Philip, Candace, the eunuch, and Esaias, and also the same thought as in Grade III.
"Seven Graded Sunday Schools" by Various
He is committed to the abolition of the palace eunuch system.
"Drugging a Nation" by Samuel Merwin
Through the long corridors of its seraglio black eunuchs silently glided.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
The stranger was the Chief Eunuch of Jahangir's court, and the mere presence of such a functionary betrayed the object of the pursuit.
"The Great Mogul" by Louis Tracy
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In poetry:

Thus was the Eunuch fam'd (his stage
A riding on the way,
As he revolv'd the sacred page)
Thy Husband's happy prey.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
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
Serene with sleep, light visions weigh her eyes:
And underneath her window blooms a quince.
The night is a sultana who doth rise
In slippered caution, to admit a prince,
Love, who her eunuchs and her lord defies.
"O Maytime Woods!" by Madison Julius Cawein
Our eunuch dreams, all seedless in the light,
Of light and love the tempers of the heart,
Whack their boys' limbs,
And, winding-footed in their shawl and sheet,
Groom the dark brides, the widows of the night
Fold in their arms.
"Our Eunuch Dreams" by Dylan Thomas

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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