effeminacy

effeminacy

[ih-fem-uh-nuh-see]
noun
the state or quality of being effeminate.

Origin:
1595–1605; effemin(ate) + -acy

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effeminate (ɪˈfɛmɪnɪt)
 
adj
1.  (of a man or boy) displaying characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; not manly
2.  lacking firmness or vigour: an effeminate piece of writing
 
[C14: from Latin effēmināre to make into a woman, from fēmina woman]
 
ef'feminacy
 
n
 
ef'feminateness
 
n
 
ef'feminately
 
adv

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effeminacy
c.1600, from effeminate + -acy.
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