effeminize


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effeminize

(ɪˈfɛmɪˌnaɪz) or

effeminise

vb
to make or become like a woman
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.effeminize - to give a (more) feminine, effeminate, or womanly quality or appearance to; "This hairdo feminizes the man"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
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Their daily indoor occupations weaken and effeminize their bodies, and their mental and spiritual faculties, along with their potential for political wisdom and masculine valor, are quick to follow.
While Jake is threatened by Robert, he and Pedro are the characters Jake most admires, and both become tarnished by their obsessions with Brett, who doesn't appreciate the way either of them tries to effeminize her.
Here Loch is caught in the feminine gaze of Nina and Jinny Love, and we might be tempted to believe in the power of that gaze to effeminize Loch's sense of his body as he looks in a mirror "like theirs.
From Plato to the early Christians to the Renaissance, luxury was thought to effeminize and weaken.
The confessional, which might at first seem to effeminize the penitent by subordinating his desires to the authority of the Church, in fact does the opposite: it virilizes him.
Hudson was unwilling to extol the bees for building their wonderful hexagons, since they were merely following instinct; but we are not bees, and when we undertake to be workmanly it is different; the most scientifically self-interested effort cannot effeminize one who walks like the tapir and works like the elephant.
In other words, the narrator allows the reader to gaze at the aspects of Perry Smith and to hear those comments of Dick Hickock's that would effeminize Perry in the reader's eyes and make him vulnerable, even pitiable.
Enrique's perceived "soft" stance on conversos, Jews, and Muslims, for example, had ultimately been used by his detractors to effeminize him.
In fact, as Edward Said discusses in Orientalism, the Arabic Orient has come to represent "one [of the West's] most recurring images of the Other" in which the West effeminizes the East in such a way that it becomes "sexually available so that it can be penetrated, cataloged, and thus contained by the 'superior' rationality of the Western mind.