from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To divest of feminine traits, qualities, or characteristics.

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  • v. To lose, or to remove feminine characteristics or qualities

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive of feminine qualities and tastes; affect with masculine notions or a liking for mannish modes of life and pursuits or an aversion to domestic life.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove the ovaries of (female mammals such as cats)


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de- +‎ feminize


  • You are correct in pointing out that in the frat-tastic jockocracy that is today's GOP, it is standard operating procedure to feminize male candidates and defeminize female candidates.

    Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Election Central Debate Roundup

  • Professional careers do not of themselves defeminize women, otherwise the Church would not have raised political women to sainthood, as was the case with St. Elizabeth and St. Clotilde.

    Communism and Woman

  • No, I was just trying to speak what I thought might be in Rosie ` s mind, not what ` s in my mind, but, you know, to draw a mustache on a woman is to defeminize her.

    CNN Transcript May 25, 2007

  • I interpret that as meaning that the individual who did this wanted to degrade her, defeminize her, show her that he was in total control.

    CNN Transcript Mar 3, 2006

  • Where women need none, men need two kinds of hormones: androgens from the testes to prompt the Wolffian duct into development, and a second substance, called Mullerian inhibiting hormone, to suppress the Mullerian duct and defeminize the male fetus.

    Homosexuality and Biology

  • Certainly, there are enough of idiotic friends and corrupters of woman among the learned asses of the masculine sex, who advise woman to defeminize herself in this manner, and to imitate all the stupidities from which "man" in Europe, European "manliness," suffers, -- who would like to lower woman to "general culture," indeed even to newspaper reading and meddling with politics.

    Beyond Good and Evil

  • The closest we came was “defeminize”, but I’ve never heard that used as an insult.

    Is Manhood a Vessel? A minor disagreement with Hugo Schwyzer


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