I'm looking for a word like "emasculated" or "neutered" except here it would mean "stripped of one's essential weirdness".

You could use it in a sentence like:

He was [stripped of his essential weirdness] so he just cried through his pants like a broken sea-monkey.

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    I don't think your sentence precisely conveys that loss of essential weirdness. Jun 6, 2014 at 0:32
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    The character had his "essential weirdness" stripped, but the writer did not.
    – Dan S
    Jun 6, 2014 at 2:17

4 Answers 4


Abstracted could work, though there is no reference to the nature of what is being taken away or withdrawn.


abstraction the act of obtaining or removing something from a source

As in, "hydrogen atoms are abstracted from organic compounds during halogenation reactions."

  • Yes and no. As you mention it doesn't say what is being stripped. Likewise the word "stripped" or "removed" could be used in much the same regard. I'll probably end up eventually accepting and upvoting this as it is probably as close as one gets.
    – Dan S
    Jun 6, 2014 at 2:58
  • I didn't think of this before, but the word could imply a transformation to a less unique state (but that's only if you want to combine definitions, which is probably a no-no?)
    – Kit Norton
    Jun 7, 2014 at 17:59

You might use an antonym of weird and make it a verb, such as normalized or standardized. Or, say if his weirdness is an aspect of being an urban city dweller, he may have been suburbanized. And you can also say he was de-weirded or unweirded. I don't think there is a word to describe what you want, so you will likely have to craft one from parts of others.


No, there is not. Probably because an essential weirdness is more likely to be an intrinsic ( i.e. non-strippable) one rather than one that is merely "important."


Taken aback doesn't exactly fit your parameters (I'm not sure what might), but it somewhat fits the context of your sentence.

taken aback

confused or surprised by something unexpected Company executives have been taken aback by the criticism. I asked him directly if he was looking for someone with my skills, and I think he was kind of taken aback. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of aback (backward), which is not used in modern English http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/taken+aback

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