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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of effeminate.


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  • Or this diplomat Carl Jacob Burkhard put it in a similar way: He found him mostly effeminated.

    The Outing Of Adolf

  • They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive.

    Lance Mannion:

  • He contemplated his picture — he shrunk from it, but he could change its deformity only by an effort too nobly daring for a mind already effeminated by vice.

    The Romance of the Forest

  • He cannot, as it were, imagine his manly project without an enemy, and oddly enough, the woman reader stands in for this enemy — literally, the effeminated reader rather than the female one — instead of standing in for the ennabling reader, she who urges the knight onward or who needs to be rescued by his valiant acts.

    Wordsworth’s Balladry: Real Men Wanted

  • To prefer food to art, capriciousness and indulgence to "simplicity" and "contemplat [ion]," and eating to other forms of incorporation, is, of course, a female or effeminated preference (Gill 597).

    Wordsworth’s Balladry: Real Men Wanted

  • Aristophanes essayed the task both by criticism and example -- by criticism, directing the shafts of his ridicule at over-emphasis and over-subtlety, by example, writing himself in inimitable perfection the beautiful Attic dialect, which was being enervated and effeminated and spoiled in the hands of his opponents.

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1

  • We are not demoralized or effeminated by the luxury and abundance which are ours, but elevated rather, and strengthened by the very magnificence and opulence of our circumstances, and by the perfect freedom, under healthful restraint, which we enjoy through the community's strong, vigorous, moral and intellectual tone.

    The Dominion in 1983

  • They were being effeminated and corrupted -- that is to say, absorbed in the foul, sickly enveloping forms.

    A Voyage to Arcturus

  • This is a point of some interest as it indicates that the schopan is not effeminated solely by suggestion and association, but is probably feminine by inborn constitution.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 Sexual Inversion

  • There can be no doubt, however, that while in the future the school will most probably be regarded as the proper place in which to teach the elements of physiology -- and not as at present a merely emasculated and effeminated physiology -- the introduction of such reformed teaching is as yet impracticable in many communities.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 Sex in Relation to Society


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