effeminate

[ adjective ih-fem-uh-nit; verb ih-fem-uh-neyt ]SEE DEFINITION OF effeminate

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EFFEMINATE

I would say,” answered Charmidas, “that he was a mean-spirited, effeminate fellow.

"Effeminate,—very," muttered the old lady, as she wiped her spectacles.

The chief gods of Sidon and Tyre have nothing luxurious or effeminate about them.

The soft "r" and the hard "a" were taken as proofs of effeminate hypocrisy.

They are very idle, gay and effeminate, and I fear that they will lead you astray.

Though fair, he was not effeminate; his countenance was regular and expressive.

In his strongest moments there is always an effeminate element.

The latter was almost as effeminate in appearance as in voice.

The only characters represented were shameless women and effeminate men.

Of them all Hilperik, the King of Neustria, was the most uxorious and effeminate.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Latin effeminatus "womanish, effeminate," past participle of effeminare "make a woman of," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + femina "woman" (see feminine). Rarely used without reproach. Related: Effeminately.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR EFFEMINATE

female

adjectivehaving the qualities or characteristics of a woman
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