As I am reading SACRED HUNGER by Barry Unsworth, the word of the day has to do with slavery. However there are three words, and the reason for this is when I was a little kid I used to get these three words mixed up and use them in entirely inappropriate moments.
EMANCIPATION, EMANCIATION, EMASCULATION.
Using the wrong word here can be quite the faux pas.
NOUNemancipations (plural noun) the fact or process of being set free from legal, social, or political restrictions; liberation."the social and political emancipation of women"
synonyms:freeing · liberation · liberating · setting free · release · releasing · letting loose/out · setting loose/free · discharge · unchaining · unfettering · unshackling · untying · unyoking · uncaging · unbridling · freedom · liberty · manumission · disenthralmentantonyms:enslavement · slaverythe freeing of someone from slavery."the early struggle for emancipation from slavery"
NOUNemaciations (plural noun) the state of being abnormally thin or weak."thin to the point of emaciation"
synonyms:thinness · boniness · scrawniness · skinniness · scragginess · starvation · underfeeding · undernourishment · cadaverousness · gauntness · haggardness · attenuation · atrophy · anorexia · phthisis
VERBemasculates (third person present) · emasculated (past tense) · emasculated (past participle) · emasculating (present participle) deprive (a man) of his male role or identity."in his mind, her success emasculated him"
archaiccastrate (a man or male animal).
synonyms:castrate · neuter · geld · cut · desex · asexualize · sterilize · remove the testicles of · unman · alter · doctor · fix · evirate · caponize · eunuchizebotanyremove the anthers from (a flower).make (someone or something) weaker or less effective."the refusal to allow them to testify effectively emasculated the committee"synonyms:weaken · make feeble/feebler · debilitate · enfeeble · enervate · dilute · erode · undermine · impoverish · cripple · reduce the powers of · remove the sting from · pull the teeth of · water down
antonyms:strengthenORIGINearly 17th century: from Latinemasculat-‘castrated’, from the verb emasculare, from e- (variant of ex-, expressing a change of state) + masculus‘male’.
So there you go, you never have to get the three mixed up again!