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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for un effeminate

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 un effeminate

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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