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EUNUCH. A male whose organs of generation have been so far removed or disorganized, that he is rendered incapable of reproducing his species. Domat, Lois Civ. liv. prel. tit. 2, s. 1, n. 10.

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Luke's story in Acts 8 responds to both Isaiah and Jeremiah; the pilgrim's baptism washes away his supposedly unregenerate conditions of eunuchism and blackness.
25) Regarding eunuchism, Jerome's insistence on the manhood of the convert led some writers to celebrate familial or sexual renunciation--metaphorical castration--as an ideal and others to cancel out his physical anomaly entirely: when Donne invoked "that Eunuch, which was Treasurer to the Queen of AEthiopia," his point was merely that early gentile converts to Christianity were important people, "Rulers, Persons of place, and quality.
27) And from the 1600s John Bulwer and Charles Ancillon returned to the topic of eunuchism, tracing it to the reign of Sammu-ramat in the ninth century BC.