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effeminacy

[ih-fem-uh-nuh-see] /ɪˈfɛm ə nə si/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being effeminate.
Origin of effeminacy
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; effemin(ate) + -acy
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  • 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 one producing a temper of hardness and ferocity, the other of softness and effeminacy, I replied.

    The Republic Plato
  • Man, in the midst of all his effeminacy, is still male and nothing but male.

  • He would have liked to throw bombs into the nest of effeminacy.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • His features were well formed and refined, without any approach to effeminacy.

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
  • Yet, in spite of all this effeminacy, the appearance of Edward IV.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Have I shown no proof of that weakness or effeminacy which is so contemptible in a man?

    Louis Philippe

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • To the age of conquest succeeded one of effeminacy and corruption.

  • In ancient times the effeminacy and luxury of the Cypriotes had passed into a proverb.

    Cyprus Franz von Lher
  • The sense here intended is 'effeminacy,' or 'unmanly weakness.'

Word Origin and History for effeminacy
n.

c.1600; see effeminate + -acy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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