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effeminate


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Effeminate  \Ef*fem"i*nate\,  v.  i. 
  To  grow  womanish  or  weak. 
 
  In  a  slothful  peace  both  courage  will  effeminate  and 
  manners  corrupt.  --Pope. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Effeminate  \Ef*fem"i*nate\,  a.  [L.  effeminatus  p.  p.  of 
  effeminare  to  make  a  woman  of  ex  out  +  femina  a  woman.  See 
  {Feminine},  a.] 
  1.  Having  some  characteristic  of  a  woman,  as  delicacy, 
  luxuriousness,  etc.;  soft  or  delicate  to  an  unmanly 
  degree;  womanish;  weak. 
 
  The  king,  by  his  voluptuous  life  and  mean  marriage, 
  became  effeminate,  and  less  sensible  of  honor. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  An  effeminate  and  unmanly  foppery.  --Bp.  Hurd. 
 
  2.  Womanlike;  womanly;  tender;  --  in  a  good  sense 
 
  Gentle,  kind  effeminate  remorse.  --Shak. 
 
  Note:  Effeminate  and  womanish  are  generally  used  in  a 
  reproachful  sense  feminine  and  womanly,  applied  to 
  women,  are  epithets  of  propriety  or  commendation. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Effeminate  \Ef*fem"i*nate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Effeminated}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Effeminating}.] 
  To  make  womanish;  to  make  soft  and  delicate;  to  weaken. 
 
  It  will  not  corrupt  or  effeminate  children's  minds. 
  --Locke. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  effeminate 
  adj  1:  having  unsuitable  feminine  qualities  [syn:  {emasculate},  {epicene}, 
  {cissy},  {sissified},  {sissyish},  {sissy}] 
  2:  characterized  by  excessive  softness  or  self-indulgence;  "an 
  effeminate  civilization"  [syn:  {weak}] 




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