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tr.v. de·fem·i·nized, de·fem·i·niz·ing, de·fem·i·niz·es
To divest of feminine traits, qualities, or characteristics.

de·fem′i·ni·za′tion (-nĭ-zā′shən) n.


(diːˈfɛmɪˌnaɪz) or


vb (tr)
1. to divest (a person) of feminine qualities
2. (Veterinary Science) to remove the ovaries of (a woman or female animal)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.defeminize - remove the ovaries of (female mammals such as cats)
neuter, spay, castrate, alter - remove the ovaries of; "Is your cat spayed?"
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We have seen this manifested in such diverse contexts as the puritan Christian soldier standing upright against a hostile world, the muscular fundamentalist fighting bravely liberalism, or the defeminized women doctors whose professional lives may impede marriage.
The brain differentiation pattern in heterosexual men is speculated to be defeminized and masculinized, and the pattern in heterosexual women is speculated to be feminized and unmasculinized (Ellis & Ames, 1987; Pillard & Weinrich, 1987).
She contrasts the public display of flesh that positioned the dancers as a sexual commodity, with the desexed and defeminized portrayal of emancipated women.