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.