transitive verb (-cised; -cising) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin circumcisus, past participle of circumcidere, from circum- + caedere to cut Date: 13th century to cut off the foreskin of (a male) or the clitoris of (a female) • circumciser noun

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  • Circumcise — Cir cum*cise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Circumcised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Circumcising}.] [L. circumcisus, p. p. of circumcidere to cut around, to circumcise; circum + caedere to cut; akin to E. c[ae]sura, homicide, concise, and prob. to shed, v. t.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • circumcise — (v.) mid 13c., in Scriptural sense, from O.Fr. circoncisier circumcise (12c., Mod.Fr. circoncire), from L. circumcisus, pp. of circumcidere to cut round, to cut trim, to cut off (see CIRCUMCISION (Cf. circumcision)). Related: Circumcised;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • circumcise — [sʉr′kəm sīz΄] vt. circumcised, circumcising [ME circumcisen < OFr circonciser < L circumcisus, pp. of circumcidere, to cut around, in LL(Ec), to circumcise < circum, around + caedere, to cut: see CIDE] 1. a) to cut off all or part of… …   English World dictionary

  • circumcise — is spelt ise, not ize …   Modern English usage

  • circumcise — ► VERB 1) cut off the foreskin of (a young boy or man) as a Jewish or Islamic rite. 2) cut off the clitoris, and sometimes the labia, of (a girl or young woman). DERIVATIVES circumcision noun. ORIGIN Latin circumcidere cut around …   English terms dictionary

  • circumcise — UK [ˈsɜː(r)kəmsaɪz] / US [ˈsɜrkəmˌsaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms circumcise : present tense I/you/we/they circumcise he/she/it circumcises present participle circumcising past tense circumcised past participle circumcised 1) to remove the… …   English dictionary

  • circumcise — /ˈsɜkəmsaɪz / (say serkuhmsuyz) verb (t) (circumcised, circumcising) 1. to remove the prepuce of (a male), sometimes as a religious rite. 2. to remove part or all of the prepuce, clitoris or labia minora of (a female), usually as a religious or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • circumcise — circumciser, n. /serr keuhm suyz /, v.t., circumcised, circumcising. 1. to remove the prepuce of (a male), esp. as a religious rite. 2. to remove the clitoris, prepuce, or labia of (a female). 3. to purify spiritually. [1200 50; ME circumcisen <… …   Universalium

  • circumcise — verb a) To amputate the prepuce from a penis. b) To amputate the clitoris, prepuce, or labia. See Also: circumcision …   Wiktionary

  • circumcise — To remove the prepuce or other tissue by circumferential incision (circumcision). * * * cir·cum·cise sər kəm .sīz vt, cised; cis·ing to cut off the prepuce of (a male) or the clitoris of (a female) cir·cum·cis·er n * * * cir·cum·cise… …   Medical dictionary

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