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effeminate

EFFEM'INATE, a. [L. effoeminatus, from effoeminor, to grow or make womanish, from foemina, a woman. See Woman.]

1. Having the qualities of the female sex; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; tender; womanish; voluptuous.

The king, by his voluptuous life and mean marriage, became effeminate, and less sensible of honor.

2. Womanish; weak; resembling the practice or qualities of the sex; as an effeminate peace; an effeminate life.

3. Womanlike, tender, in a sense not reproachful.

EFFEM'INATE, v.t. To make womanish; to unman; to weaken; as to effeminate children.

EFFEM'INATE, v.i. To grow womanish or weak; to melt into weakness.

In a slothful peace courage will effeminate.



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EFFEM'INATE, a. [L. effoeminatus, from effoeminor, to grow or make womanish, from foemina, a woman. See Woman.]

1. Having the qualities of the female sex; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; tender; womanish; voluptuous.

The king, by his voluptuous life and mean marriage, became effeminate, and less sensible of honor.

2. Womanish; weak; resembling the practice or qualities of the sex; as an effeminate peace; an effeminate life.

3. Womanlike, tender, in a sense not reproachful.

EFFEM'INATE, v.t. To make womanish; to unman; to weaken; as to effeminate children.

EFFEM'INATE, v.i. To grow womanish or weak; to melt into weakness.

In a slothful peace courage will effeminate.

EF-FEM'IN-ATE, a. [L. effœminatus, from effœminor, to grow or make womanish, from fœmina, a woman. See Woman.]

  1. Having the qualities of the female sex; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; tender; womanish; voluptuous. The king, by his voluptuous life and mean marriage, became effeminate, and less sensible of honor. Bacon.
  2. Womanish; weak; resembling the practice or qualities of the sex; as, an effeminate peace; an effeminate life.
  3. Womanlike, tender, in a sense not reproachful. Shak.

EF-FEM'IN-ATE, v.i.

To grow womanish or weak; to melt into weakness. In a slothful peace courage will effeminate. Pope.


EF-FEM'IN-ATE, v.t.

To make womanish; to unman; to weaken; as, to effeminate children. Locke.


Ef*fem"i*nate
  1. Having some characteristic of a woman, as delicacy, luxuriousness, etc.; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; womanish; weak.

    The king, by his voluptuous life and mean marriage, became effeminate, and less sensible of honor. Bacon.

    An effeminate and unmanly foppery. Bp. Hurd.

  2. To make womanish] to make soft and delicate; to weaken.

    It will not corrupt or effeminate children's minds. Locke.

  3. To grow womanish or weak.

    In a slothful peace both courage will effeminate and manners corrupt. Pope.

  4. Womanlike; womanly; tender; -- in a good sense.

    Gentle, kind, effeminate remorse. Shak.

    * Effeminate and womanish are generally used in a reproachful sense; feminine and womanly, applied to women, are epithets of propriety or commendation.

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Effeminate

EFFEM'INATE, adjective [Latin effoeminatus, from effoeminor, to grow or make womanish, from foemina, a woman. See Woman.]

1. Having the qualities of the female sex; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; tender; womanish; voluptuous.

The king, by his voluptuous life and mean marriage, became effeminate and less sensible of honor.

2. Womanish; weak; resembling the practice or qualities of the sex; as an effeminate peace; an effeminate life.

3. Womanlike, tender, in a sense not reproachful.

EFFEM'INATE, verb transitive To make womanish; to unman; to weaken; as to effeminate children.

EFFEM'INATE, verb intransitive To grow womanish or weak; to melt into weakness.

In a slothful peace courage will effeminate

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