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Having or showing qualities or characteristics more often associated with females than males; unmanly: "gentle, kind, effeminate remorse" (Shakespeare).

[Middle English effeminat, from Latin effēminātus, past participle of effēmināre, to make feminine : ex-, ex- + fēmina, woman; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

ef·fem′i·na·cy (-nə-sē), ef·fem′i·nate·ness n.
ef·fem′i·nate n.
ef·fem′i·nate·ly adv.


(ɪˈfɛm ə nə si)

the state or quality of being effeminate.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.effeminacy - the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man); "the students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy"; "Spartans accused Athenians of effeminateness"; "he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him"
femininity, muliebrity - the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for women
emasculation - loss of power and masculinity
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something


The quality of being effeminate:


[ɪˈfemɪnəsɪ] Nafeminación f, afeminamiento m


nfeminines Wesen, Effemination f (geh)


[ɪˈfɛmɪnəsɪ] neffeminatezza
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