Effeminacy Ef*fem"i*na*cy, n.; pl. {Effeminacies}. [From {Effeminate}.] Characteristic quality of a woman, such as softness, luxuriousness, delicacy, or weakness, which is unbecoming a man; womanish delicacy or softness; -- used reproachfully of men. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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  • effeminacy — [e fem′ə nə sē, ifem′ə nə sē] n. the quality or state of being effeminate …   English World dictionary

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  • effeminacy — effeminate ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a man) having characteristics regarded as typical of a woman. DERIVATIVES effeminacy noun effeminately adverb. ORIGIN from Latin effeminare make feminine …   English terms dictionary

  • effeminacy — noun the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man) the students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy Spartans accused Athenians of effeminateness he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young …   Useful english dictionary

  • effeminacy — noun Date: 1602 the quality of being effeminate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • effeminacy — /i fem euh neuh see/, n. the state or quality of being effeminate. [1595 1605; EFFEMIN(ATE) + ACY] * * * …   Universalium

  • effeminacy — noun The quality of being effeminate …   Wiktionary

  • effeminacy — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The quality of being effeminate: effeminateness, femininity, sissiness, unmanliness, wom anishness. See GENDER …   English dictionary for students

  • effeminacy — ef·fem·i·na·cy || ɪ femɪnÉ™sɪ n. lack of manly qualities, femininity (especially about a man) …   English contemporary dictionary

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