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adj. un·man·li·er, un·man·li·est
Uncharacteristic of, unbecoming to, or degrading to a man, especially in not conforming to stereotypical masculine traits such as stoicism and independence.

un·man′li·ness n.
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Noun1.unmanliness - 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


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There is a battle and they gain the day, and then modesty, which they call silliness, is ignominiously thrust into exile by them, and temperance, which they nickname unmanliness, is trampled in the mire and cast forth; they persuade men that moderation and orderly expenditure are vulgarity and meanness, and so, by the help of a rabble of evil appetites, they drive them beyond the border.
But after every precaution has been taken, then it is mere unmanliness to complain of occasional mishaps.
In response to Orestes's understandable reluctance to commit matricide later in the drama, Electra again intervenes in language that questions not only Orestes's agency but his masculinity: "Do not be a coward [kakistheis] and fall into unmanliness [anandrian]" (982).
Given this allocation of attention, Wayworth's dedication to the aesthetic (a term often designating unmanliness or even male same-sex desire in late Victorian writing) appears as a marker of difference, (46) a queerness of social rather than sexual preference.
Coriolanus' belief in the unmanliness of tradesmen who weaken their courage and their flesh by laboring indoors finds a significant corollary in another binary susceptible to reductive interpretation: the Oeconomicus's treatment of the proper occupation of women.
fact that the unmanliness of men helps bring about the cycle's
It's the chemotherapy, according to my haematologist, but I know she's just giving me an excuse for my moments of unmanliness.
The references to the unmanliness of these elite intellectuals is particularly noteworthy here.
Their physical impotence, meanwhile, makes these old men doubly unmanly, because bodily unmanliness humiliates them socially.
Silenced homosexual inclinations recur in Hemingway's oeuvre when he provides a social group particularly hostile to unmanliness such as army or sportsmen.
Moderates or conservatives in the party were caught in a pincer: Democrats were branded with unmanliness and lack of patriotism--and radicals in the party (as well as outside of it) actually embraced these extremes.
When Richard arranges for Buckingham to present him to the people of London, Buckingham paints Richard's unmanliness as a selling point: "As well we know your tenderness of heart / And gentle, kind, effeminate remorse" (3.