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Origin of effeminacy

First recorded in 1595–1605; effemin(ate) + -acy
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Related Words for effeminacy

femininity, femaleness

Examples from the Web for effeminacy

Historical Examples of effeminacy

  • 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.

  • 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

Word Origin and History for effeminacy

c.1600; see effeminate + -acy.

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