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

  • n. The quality or condition of being effeminate.

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  • n. the quality of being effeminate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.

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

  • n. the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)


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  • In his indignation at what he termed their effeminacy, he would swear that he would never take them to sea again "without having Fly-market on the forecastle, Covent-garden on the poop, and a cool spring from Canada in the maintop."

    Astoria, or Anecdotes of an Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains

  • These also recovered, and by the following morning all had passed the ordeal, save one, who having escaped so much longer than the rest, fancied himself entirely out of danger, and indiscreetly boasted of his better constitution, laughing at what he called the effeminacy of his companions.

    Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • His virtues, as well as the vices of Elagabalus, contracted a tincture of weakness and effeminacy from the soft climate of Syria, of which he was a native; though he blushed at his foreign origin, and listened with a vain complacency to the flattering genealogists, who derived his race from the ancient stock of Roman nobility.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • And if it be opposed by deficiency, it will be the same as effeminacy, which is clearly false.

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • His effeminacy was the result of his training because he had always been sheltered.

    The Captives

  • The following is also a favourite ballad on the battle of Coutras and the death of Joyeuse, the magnificent favourite of Henry III., whose contemptuous remark on his effeminacy was the cause of his exposing himself in the _mêlée_.

    Béarn and the Pyrenees A Legendary Tour to the Country of Henri Quatre

  • But this is a luxury Xerxes would have given a Satrapie to have tasted, and not to be indulged in over-often, lest it lead to effeminacy, which is as far removed from comfort as is sensuality from pleasure.

    Impressions of America During the years 1833, 1834 and 1835. In Two Volumes, Volume I.

  • In his Tao of Cricket, Ashis Nandy describes Ranji's game as an "art wholly independent of physical strength and dependent on human will and innovativeness" and he did so using his natural assets "magically born of insufficient training, physical vulnerability and what from the English point of view can only be described as effeminacy".

    The Times of India

  • But the bevy of young girls, whom M. de Charlus in his horror of every kind of effeminacy would have been so distressed to learn that he gave the impression of sheltering thus within his voice, did not confine themselves to the interpretation, the modulation of scraps of sentiment.

    Within a Budding Grove

  • Hugh Peters reference to England getting over her "effeminacy" and becoming warlike is an example of Puritan disappointment with Stuart foreign policy.

    The Pamphleteers Protestant Champion: Viewing Oliver Cromwell Through the Media of his Day


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