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Definition of Effeminate

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lacking manly qualities, overly feminine (especially about a man)
Effeminate Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To make womanish; to make soft and delicate; to weaken.
  
(v. i.)
To grow womanish or weak.
  
(a.)
Womanlike; womanly; tender; -- in a good sense.
  
(a.)
Having some characteristic of a woman, as delicacy, luxuriousness, etc.; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; womanish; weak.
  
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effeminate
\ef*fem"i*nate\ (?), a. [l. effeminatus, p. p. of effeminare to make a woman of; ex out + femina a woman. see feminine, a.]
1. having some characteristic of a woman, as delicacy, luxuriousness, etc.; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; womanish; weak. the king, by his voluptuous life and mean marriage, became effeminate, and less sensible of honor. an effeminate and unmanly foppery. hurd.
2. womanlike; womanly; tender; -- in a good sense. gentle, kind, effeminate remorse.
note: effeminate and womanish are generally used in a reproachful sense; feminine and womanly, applied to women, are epithets of propriety or commendation.
effeminate
\ef*fem"i*nate\ (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. effeminated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. effeminating (?).] to make womanish; to make soft and delicate; to weaken. it will not corrupt or effeminate children's minds.
effeminate
\ef*fem"i*nate\, v. i. to grow womanish or weak. in a slothful peace both courage will effeminate and manners corrupt.
effeminate
adj
1. having unsuitable feminine qualities [syn: emasculate, epicene, cissy, sissified, sissyish, sissy]


2. characterized by excessive softness or self-indulgence; "an effeminate civilization" [syn: weak]



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Having womanish traits or qualities.
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Gwreigieiddo = v. to become effeminate, womanish or tender
WordNet 2.0

Adjective
1. having unsuitable feminine qualities
(synonym) emasculate, epicene, cissy, sissified, sissyish, sissy
(similar) unmanly, unmanful, unmanlike
2. characterized by excessive softness or self-indulgence; "an effeminate civilization"
(synonym) weak
(similar) soft
Effeminate Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Effeminacy is the manifestation of traits in a human boy or man that are more often associated with feminine nature, behavior, mannerisms, style or gender roles rather than with masculine nature, behavior, mannerisms, style or roles. It is a term frequently applied to womanly behavior, demeanor, style and appearance displayed by a boy or man, typically used implying criticism or ridicule of this behavior (as opposed to, for example, merely describing a man as feminine, which can be non-judgmental). The term effeminate is most often used by people who subscribe to the widespread view that males should display masculine traits and behaviors. Generally, the description is applied to individuals, but may be used to describe entire societies as an inflammatory allegation.

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