effeminate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin effēminātus, past participle of effēminō, from fēmina ‎(woman).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (adjective): IPA(key): /ɪˈfɛmɪnət/
  • (verb): IPA(key): /ɪˈfɛmɪneɪt/

Adjective[edit]

effeminate ‎(comparative more effeminate, superlative most effeminate)

  1. (often derogatory, of a man or boy) Having behaviour or mannerisms considered unmasculine or typical of a woman or girl; feminine.
    • Bishop Hurd
      An effeminate and unmanly foppery.
  2. (obsolete) womanly; tender
    • Shakespeare
      Gentle, kind, effeminate remorse.

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Verb[edit]

effeminate ‎(third-person singular simple present effeminates, present participle effeminating, simple past and past participle effeminated)

  1. (archaic) To make womanly; to unman.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.134:
      the studie of sciences doth more weaken and effeminate mens minds, than corroborate and adapt them to warre.
    • John Locke
      It will not corrupt or effeminate children's minds.

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

effeminate

  1. feminine plural of effeminato

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

effēmināte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of effēminō