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effeminate

[adj. ih-fem-uh-nit; v. ih-fem-uh-neyt] /adj. ɪˈfɛm ə nɪt; v. ɪˈfɛm əˌneɪt/
adjective
1.
(of a man or boy) having traits, tastes, habits, etc., traditionally considered feminine, as softness or delicacy.
2.
characterized by excessive softness, delicacy, self-indulgence, etc.:
effeminate luxury.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), effeminated, effeminating.
3.
to make or become effeminate.
Origin of effeminate
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin effēminātus, equivalent to ef- ef- + fēmin(a) woman + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
effeminately, adverb
effeminateness, noun
effemination, noun
uneffeminate, adjective
uneffeminately, adverb
Can be confused
effeminate, effete, feminine, womanish, womanly (see synonym study at womanly)
Synonyms
1. See female.
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  • effemination has occasioned the downfall of many nations; let us guard against it with all our power.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • effemination finds more victims among the wealthy and the educated than among the poor and uneducated.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • In this article I have described only mild types of viraginity and effemination.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • effemination and viraginity are common types of degeneration which always follow in the wake of luxury and debauchery.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • The victim of effemination, however, is saved by no such accidental forethought.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • A dandified man is always ridiculous, but when he adds to his foppery, effemination, he then becomes contemptible.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • effemination is a disease which, taken at its inception, can generally be eradicated and cured.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • Almost every case of effemination or viraginity can be cured if recognized and treated in its incipiency.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • effemination and viraginity are the results of the weakening effects of luxury and consequent debauchery.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • Nations, time and again, have felt the dire effects of effemination and have sunk beneath them.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
British Dictionary definitions for effemination

effeminate

/ɪˈfɛmɪnɪt/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
effeminacy, effeminateness, noun
effeminately, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin effēmināre to make into a woman, from fēmina woman
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Word Origin and History for effemination

effeminate

adj.

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.

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effemination in Medicine

effemination ef·fem·i·na·tion (ĭ-fěm'ə-nā'shən)
n.
The acquisition of feminine characteristics, either physiologically by women, or pathologically by persons of either sex.

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