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; circumcising.

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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 — [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

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  • 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… …  

  • circumcise — 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… …   New Collegiate 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

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