womanishness


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wom·an·ish

 (wo͝om′ə-nĭsh)
adj.
1. Of, characteristic of, or suitable to a woman, especially when considered inferior to a man: "He had long known ... that Burgundy is better than that womanish drink, champagne" (Sinclair Lewis).
2. Imitative or suggestive of a woman rather than a man: "With a womanish gesture he lifted a lock of silver hair from his forehead and smoothed it back on his head" (Carson McCullers).

wom′an·ish·ly adv.
wom′an·ish·ness n.
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Noun1.womanishness - 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

womanishness

noun
The quality of being effeminate:
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Yes; you sometimes have to answer a woman according to her womanishness, just as you have to answer a fool according to his folly.
And is there not illiberality and avarice in robbing a corpse, and also a degree of meanness and womanishness in making an enemy of the dead body when the real enemy has flown away and left only his fighting gear behind him,--is not this rather like a dog who cannot get at his assailant, quarrelling with the stones which strike him instead?