• WordNet 3.6
    • adj effeminate having unsuitable feminine qualities
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Effeminate 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.""An effeminate and unmanly foppery."
    • v. i Effeminate To grow womanish or weak. "In a slothful peace both courage will effeminate and manners corrupt."
    • v. t Effeminate To make womanish; to make soft and delicate; to weaken. "It will not corrupt or effeminate children's minds."
    • Effeminate Womanlike; womanly; tender; -- in a good sense. "Gentle, kind, effeminate remorse."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • effeminate To make womanish; unman; weaken.
    • effeminate To grow womanish or weak; melt into weakness.
    • effeminate Having the qualities of the female sex; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; womanish: applied to men.
    • effeminate Characterized by or resulting from effeminacy: as, an effeminate peace; an effeminate life.
    • effeminate Womanlike; tender.
    • effeminate Synonyms Womanish, etc. (see feminine), weak, unmanly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Effeminate ef-fem′in-āt womanish: unmanly: weak: cowardly: voluptuous
    • n Effeminate an effeminate person
    • v.t Effeminate to make womanish: to unman: to weaken
    • v.i Effeminate to become effeminate
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  • Edgar Quinet
    “An effeminate education weakens both the mind and the body.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. effeminatus, p. p. of effeminare, to make a woman of; ex, out + femina, a woman. See Feminine (a.)


In literature:

He had not, like Alexander, to lead picked troops against effeminate Asiatics.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
She is escorted by a young man, of slight figure and effeminate mien, dressed with studied negligence.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
His figure, too, was slight and his voice effeminate.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
He was too effeminate to control his journeymen, and his shop was not well ordered.
"Make or Break" by Oliver Optic
They are effeminate, and disinclined to any kind of active exertion.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The Pombo, an effeminate, juvenile, handsome person, almost hysterical in manner, seemed a splendid subject for hypnotic experiments.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
His brother Philip, on the contrary, was gentle, retiring, and effeminate.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
In its frame stood a man of slight build, and, by cowboy standards, dressed effeminately.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
The room, again, suffered from a rather effeminate prettiness.
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
The fact is, my appearance is naturally very effeminate, and sometimes it is my whim to encourage the belief that I am a female.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
We have not, thank Heaven, any such foolish effeminate functionary.
"Gycia" by Lewis Morris
Woman had become less womanly, man more effeminate.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
He is represented as an effeminate young man, with long flowing hair.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Whenever his head ached, or his pulse beat quick, his dastardly fears and effeminate precautions were the jest of all Berlin.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Close by his side an effeminate leather-dresser from Carlsruhe sits stroking his yellow goat's beard.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
An adult homosexual who as a child once did some needlework for a joke, sees in this later a characteristic of effemination.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
Indeed, it is not only unchristian, but effeminate and childish, to hold such a view.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
He was not effeminate; he was not the puerile, shiftless creature the foregoing sentences may have led you to suspect.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon
Immense was the effect of this recurrence to unsophisticated feeling, in a luxurious and effeminate society.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846" by Various
Not my accursed cousin, Louis of France at least, the lewd effeminate traitor!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In news:

Nate Silver Mocks Accusation He's Too ' Effeminate ' to Analyze Polls.
Local College Men Have No Fear of Growing Effeminate .
Virulently antigay North Carolina preacher Sean Harris took a half-step away from comments he made on Sunday where he told his congregation to attack young boys who act effeminate.
Dance music's Achilles' heel has always been its shameless, effeminate release.
There's nothing like an emotional Internet post about Britney Spears by an effeminate young man wearing perfectly applied eyeliner to bring out the haters.
as the oddly effeminate Kim Jong-Un, squat son and successor of Korean dictator dad 'Dear Leader.
Everything you'd ever want to know about Momus -- the effeminate, eye-patched, Scottish -born composer, singer, and essayist -- is available for your perusal.
Picture a more manly (without the mascara and the effeminate affectation) Captain Jack Sparrow drawing up passing plays on the deck of the Good Ship Coug It.
Nate Silver Mocks Accusation He's Too 'Effeminate' to Analyze Polls.
But don't slap him in the face for being effeminate.
Sumner Elementary School is getting effeminate this weekend.
Also, Jesus states, "Effeminates will not enter the Kingdom of heaven".