Definitions for effeminateness
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ef•fem•i•nate*ɪˈfɛm ə nɪt(adj.)
(of a man or boy) having traits, tastes, habits, etc., traditionally considered feminine, as softness or delicacy.
characterized by softness, delicacy, weakness, or lack of vigor.
* Syn: See female.
Origin of effeminate:
1350–1400; ME < L effēminātus, orig. ptp. of effēmināre to emasculate =ef-ef - +-fēmināre, der. of fēmina woman
effeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, softness, womanishness, unmanliness(noun)
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"
the state of being effeminate; unmanly softness
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