the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)

the students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy


Spartans accused Athenians of effeminateness


he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him

Derivationally related forms: ↑unmanly (for: ↑unmanliness), ↑womanish (for: ↑womanishness), ↑sissy (for: ↑sissiness), ↑effeminate (for: ↑effeminateness)
Usage Domain: ↑disparagement, ↑depreciation, ↑derogation
Hypernyms: ↑femininity, ↑muliebrity
Hyponyms: ↑emasculation

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  • effeminacy — c.1600; see EFFEMINATE (Cf. effeminate) + ACY (Cf. acy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • effeminacy — [e fem′ə nə sē, ifem′ə nə sē] n. the quality or state of being effeminate …   English World dictionary

  • Effeminacy — [ Drag queens like these embody femininity to an exaggerated degree.] Effeminacy is a trait in males that generally contradicts traditional male (masculine) gender roles. It is a derogatory term frequently applied to femininity; or womanly… …   Wikipedia

  • effeminacy — effeminate ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a man) having characteristics regarded as typical of a woman. DERIVATIVES effeminacy noun effeminately adverb. ORIGIN from Latin effeminare make feminine …   English terms dictionary

  • effeminacy — noun Date: 1602 the quality of being effeminate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • effeminacy — /i fem euh neuh see/, n. the state or quality of being effeminate. [1595 1605; EFFEMIN(ATE) + ACY] * * * …   Universalium

  • effeminacy — noun The quality of being effeminate …   Wiktionary

  • effeminacy — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The quality of being effeminate: effeminateness, femininity, sissiness, unmanliness, wom anishness. See GENDER …   English dictionary for students

  • effeminacy — ef·fem·i·na·cy || ɪ femɪnÉ™sɪ n. lack of manly qualities, femininity (especially about a man) …   English contemporary dictionary

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