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Related to unmanliness: womanishness


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
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.
While the social atmosphere is apparently uneasy, it does not seem dangerous until Loki saunters in and starts flinging insults and accusations of infidelity, unmanliness, or cowardice--the famous flyting from Lokasenna.
Here the themes of Cockney vulgarity, lubricity, and unmanliness fuse into the charge of "ineffectual immorality." Hunt, the review opines, is "the most contemptible little capon of the bantam breed," and "such manhood will not pass current out of the kingdom of Cockaigne." (19)
However Kim Jong-nam's deportation from Japan in May 2001 and middle brother Kim Jong-chol's apparent "unmanliness" improved his chances.
The manner of his dress during his erotic asphyxiation ritual compounded the sense of unmanliness created by the shameful fact of drug-and-asphyxiation-enhanced onanism that had gone too far.
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
Therefore, it is somewhat surprising that, in his chapter on Barry Manilow, Morris does not mention the television show Angel (1999-2004), whose title character repeatedly and directly confronts issues of "unmanliness" because of his affection for Manilow's music, most memorably when he struggles through a karaoke performance of "Mandy." (Readers interested in this topic may wish to pursue Elana Levine and Lisa Parks, eds., Undead TV: Essays on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" [Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007]; Paul Attinello, Janet K.