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[ih-fem-uh-nuh-see] /ɪˈfɛm ə nə si/
the state or quality of being effeminate.
Origin of effeminacy
1595-1605; effemin(ate) + -acy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Note the warm bath again, supposed sign of effeminacy; here it is taken by Ulysses with decided approbation.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • He would have liked to throw bombs into the nest of effeminacy.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • The effeminacy in his own nature had from the first both shrunk from and been attracted by the masculinity in Brandon.

    The Cathedral Sir Hugh Walpole
  • His features were well formed and refined, without any approach to effeminacy.

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
  • And I have never observed that effeminacy was at all the marked companion of fondness for little children.

    Advice to Young Men William Cobbett
  • Yet there was a set of the mouth and a prominence of the chin which relieved him of any trace of effeminacy.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The charge of effeminacy and want of courage in battle seems to be considered as better founded.

  • The one producing a temper of hardness and ferocity, the other of softness and effeminacy, I replied.

    The Republic Plato
  • From this we may conclude that the carrying an Umbrella was in some sort a mark of effeminacy.

    Umbrellas and their History William Sangster
  • Man, in the midst of all his effeminacy, is still male and nothing but male.

Word Origin and History for effeminacy

c.1600; see effeminate + -acy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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