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feminine


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Feminine  \Fem"i*nine\,  a.  [L.  femininus  fr  femina  woman;  prob. 
  akin  to  L.  fetus,  or  to  Gr  qh^sqai  to  suck,  qh^sai  to 
  suckle,  Skr.  dh[=a]  to  suck;  cf  AS  f[=ae]mme  woman,  maid: 
  cf  F.  f['e]minin.  See  {Fetus}.] 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  a  woman,  or  to  women;  characteristic 
  of  a  woman;  womanish;  womanly. 
 
  Her  letters  are  remarkably  deficient  in  feminine 
  ease  and  grace.  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  Having  the  qualities  of  a  woman;  becoming  or  appropriate 
  to  the  female  sex;  as  in  a  good  sense  modest,  graceful, 
  affectionate,  confiding;  or  in  a  bad  sense  weak, 
  nerveless,  timid,  pleasure-loving,  effeminate. 
 
  Her  heavenly  form  Angelic,  but  more  soft  and 
  feminine.  --Milton. 
 
  Ninus  being  esteemed  no  man  of  war  at  all  but 
  altogether  feminine,  and  subject  to  ease  and 
  delicacy.  --Sir  W. 
  Raleigh. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Feminine  \Fem"i*nine\,  n. 
  1.  A  woman.  [Obs.  or  Colloq.] 
 
  They  guide  the  feminines  toward  the  palace. 
  --Hakluyt. 
 
  2.  (Gram.)  Any  one  of  those  words  which  are  the  appellations 
  of  females,  or  which  have  the  terminations  usually  found 
  in  such  words  as  actress,  songstress,  abbess,  executrix. 
 
  There  are  but  few  true  feminines  in  English. 
  --Latham. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  feminine 
  adj  1:  associated  with  women  and  not  with  men;  "feminine  intuition" 
  [ant:  {masculine}] 
  2:  of  grammatical  gender  [ant:  {neuter},  {masculine}] 
  3:  befitting  or  characteristic  of  a  woman  especially  a  mature 
  woman;  "womanly  virtues  of  gentleness  and  compassion" 
  [syn:  {womanly}]  [ant:  {unwomanly}] 
  4:  (music  or  poetry)  ending  on  an  unaccented  beat  or  syllable; 
  "a  feminine  ending" 
  n  :  a  gender  that  refers  chiefly  (but  not  exclusively)  to 
  females  or  to  objects  classified  as  female 




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