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Definitions of 'Effeminate'

Definition of 'effeminate'
From: WordNet
adjective
Having unsuitable feminine qualities [syn: effeminate, emasculate, epicene, cissy, sissified, sissyish, sissy]
Definition of 'Effeminate'
From: GCIDE
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. [1913 Webster] It will not corrupt or effeminate children's minds. --Locke. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'Effeminate'
From: GCIDE
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. [1913 Webster] The king, by his voluptuous life and mean marriage, became effeminate, and less sensible of honor. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] An effeminate and unmanly foppery. --Bp. Hurd. [1913 Webster] 2. Womanlike; womanly; tender; -- in a good sense. [1913 Webster] Gentle, kind, effeminate remorse. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: Effeminate and womanish are generally used in a reproachful sense; feminine and womanly, applied to women, are epithets of propriety or commendation. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'Effeminate'
From: GCIDE
Effeminate \Ef*fem"i*nate\, v. i. To grow womanish or weak. [1913 Webster] In a slothful peace both courage will effeminate and manners corrupt. --Pope. [1913 Webster]
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