[adjective ih-fem-uh-nit; verb ih-fem-uh-neyt]
- (of a man or boy) having traits, tastes, habits, etc., traditionally considered feminine, as softness or delicacy.
- characterized by excessive softness, delicacy, self-indulgence, etc.: effeminate luxury.
- to make or become effeminate.
Origin of effeminate
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1. See female.
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Examples from the Web for effemination
In this article I have described only mild types of viraginity and effemination.
The effemination of the males had continued with quickened tempo.Against The Grain
Almost every case of effemination or viraginity can be cured if recognized and treated in its incipiency.
Effemination finds more victims among the wealthy and the educated than among the poor and uneducated.
Effemination and viraginity are common types of degeneration which always follow in the wake of luxury and debauchery.
- (of a man or boy) displaying characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; not manly
- lacking firmness or vigouran effeminate piece of writing
C14: from Latin effēmināre to make into a woman, from fēmina woman
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Word Origin and History for effemination
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The acquisition of feminine characteristics, either physiologically by women, or pathologically by persons of either sex.
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