effeminacy

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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.
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ef•fem•i•na•cy

(ɪˈfɛm ə nə si)

n.
the state or quality of being effeminate.
[1595–1605]
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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
depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
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effeminacy

noun
The quality of being effeminate:
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Translations
efféminement

effeminacy

[ɪˈfemɪnəsɪ] Nafeminación f, afeminamiento m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

effeminacy

nfeminines Wesen, Effemination f (geh)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

effeminacy

[ɪˈfɛmɪnəsɪ] neffeminatezza
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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