effeminacy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n effeminacy 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 prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Effeminacy 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n effeminacy The state or quality of being effeminate; feminine delicacy or weakness; want of manliness; womanishness: commonly applied, in reproach, to men exhibiting such a character.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Effeminacy womanish softness or weakness: indulgence in unmanly pleasures
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Effeminate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. effemināre, -ātum, to make womanish—ex, out, and femina, a woman.

Usage

In literature:

No previous Sixth had ever been guilty of this effeminacy, or of wearing lavender kid gloves on Sundays.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
There is nothing of effeminacy in the young Napoleon.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The brutality of Caracalla, the overblown sensuality of Nero, the effeminacy of Commodus or Heliogabalus are all absent here.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
They despised wealth just as other nations despise effeminacy and foppery.
"Xerxes" by Jacob Abbott
She hated effeminacy in a man.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
The fear of ridicule is the effeminacy of the soul.
"The Claims of Labour an essay on the duties of the employers to the employed" by Arthur Helps
Sorrow too often tends to produce bitterness or effeminacy of character.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
I have found by experience that many who have spent all their lives in cities, contract not only an effeminacy of habit but of thinking.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
Every detail of his dress was elaborated to the point of effeminacy.
"The International Spy" by Allen Upward
Delicacy of expression is not effeminacy.
"News Writing" by M. Lyle Spencer
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