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ef·fem·i·nate

 (ĭ-fĕm′ə-nĭt)
adj.
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.

effeminate

(ɪˈfɛmɪnɪt)
adj
1. (of a man or boy) displaying characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; not manly
2. lacking firmness or vigour: an effeminate piece of writing.
[C14: from Latin effēmināre to make into a woman, from fēmina woman]
efˈfeminacy, efˈfeminateness n
efˈfeminately adv

ef•fem•i•nate

(ɪˈfɛm ə nɪt)

adj.
1. (of a man or boy) having traits, tastes, habits, etc., traditionally considered feminine, as softness or delicacy.
2. characterized by softness, delicacy, weakness, or lack of vigor.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin effēminātus, orig. past participle of effēmināre to emasculate =ef- ef- + -fēmināre, derivative of fēmina woman]
ef•fem′i•nate•ly, adv.
ef•fem′i•nate•ness, n.
syn: See female.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.effeminate - having unsuitable feminine qualities
unmanful, unmanlike, unmanly - not possessing qualities befitting a man

effeminate

adjective womanly, affected, camp (informal), soft, weak, feminine, unmanly, sissy, effete, foppish, womanish, wussy (slang), womanlike, poofy (slang), wimpish or wimpy (informal) a skinny, effeminate guy in lipstick and earrings
manly, macho, butch (slang), virile, he-man (informal)

effeminate

adjective
Having qualities more appropriate to women than to men:
Translations
مُتَأنِّث، مُتَخَنِّث، كالنِّساء
zženštilý
femininkvindelig
epämiehekäsnaismainen
nőies
kvenlegur
sumoteriškėjęs
mīkstčaulīgssievišķīgs
zniewieściałazniewieściałezniewieściały
zženštilý

effeminate

[ɪˈfemɪnɪt] ADJafeminado

effeminate

[ɪˈfɛmɪnət] adjefféminé(e)

effeminate

adjfeminin, effeminiert (geh)

effeminate

[ɪˈfɛmɪnɪt] adjeffeminato/a

effeminate

(iˈfeminət) adjective
(of a man) unmanly or womanish.

effeminate

a. afeminado,
pop. invertido-a.

effeminate

adj afeminado
References in periodicals archive ?
Arthur Henry Hallam called Tennyson an exponent of "sensation"; John Wilson Croker thought "O Darling Room" a girlish effusion; writing anonymously, Bulwer Lytton contended that Tennyson's effeminacies comprised a "'eunuch strain"'; George Brimley first used "aestheticism" in discussing "The Lotos-Eaters" (1856); and Alfred Austin argued that Tennyson had a feminine muse.
Maffei, as Robert Freeman had noted, was among the first to link Metastasio and Zeno, commending them for `banishing the effeminacies of the past century', and writing the only musical dramas with `any moral worth', and he had earned Zeno's praise for his drama Merope--a work that, miraculously, made no mention of love.
Yet perhaps Achilles' greatest deed is his commentary on the nature of operatic heroism: for by discarding his lyre and dress in favour of a sword and armour, Achilles erases the effeminacies of the past and reclaims opera for the newly enlightened hero.