[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
1. See female.
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Examples from the Web for effeminated
The latter is preserved in the sense of "effeminated man," found in myths concerning Loke.Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3
Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
Our gentry forsooth in these dayes are so effeminated that they know not how to ride on horseback.Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2)
Had I been united to her, the excess of my affection would have effeminated my intellect.Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I (of 2)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
And then I have effeminated and enervated myself with love and the summer in these last two months.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. IV
Under this fostering care he "effeminated himself" (obabilsya), as he is wont to say.Russia
Donald Mackenzie Wallace
- (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 effeminated
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