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adjective as in having female qualities

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Born as men, they traditionally veer toward effeminate appearance and style.

Komnenos’s dark skin matched his dignity since it did not display “an effeminate paleness … having aspired to an appearance that one does not find on womanly or soft people.”

In contrast, male Disney villains are frequently portrayed as visibly effeminate.

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Real liberation wasn’t necessarily about making women more manly or allowing men to be effeminate.

As played by Omundson, King Richard is effeminate, sincere, and ten times funnier than everyone else.

I just knew there were gays, and they were men who were very effeminate.

Ronaldo is often accused of being a pretty boy, a not-so-subtle way of accusing him of being overly effeminate.

And did you know that effeminate men in the 18th-century were known as “mollies”?

Cutthroat, abusive, and—at times—barbaric, he picked on Michael for being effeminate, having a big nose, and “liver lips.”

And I will give children to be their princes, and the effeminate shall rule over them.

Another glimpse of d'Arthez is as the unselfish friend of Marie Gaston, a young poet of his stamp, but "effeminate."

She made her lover effeminate and materialistic, advising with him about everything.

It seemed almost effeminate to surrender his burden to one who had hardly yet rested after a long journey.

He was handsome in a cruel sort of way and almost effeminate in his liking to stand before them and admire himself.


On this page you'll find 21 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to effeminate, such as: epicene, feminine, womanish, womanlike, and womanly.

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