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Pronunciation:  i'femunit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  characterized by excessive softness or self-indulgence; "an effeminate civilization"
  2. [adj]  having unsuitable feminine qualities

EFFEMINATE is a 10 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: cissy, emasculate, epicene, sissified, sissy, sissyish, soft, unmanful, unmanlike, unmanly, weak



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ef*fem"i*nate\, a. [L. effeminatus, p. p. of
    effeminare to make a woman of; ex out + femina a woman. See
    {Feminine}, a.]
    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.
             An effeminate and unmanly foppery.    --Bp. Hurd.
    2. Womanlike; womanly; tender; -- in a good sense.
             Gentle, kind, effeminate remorse.     --Shak.
    Note: Effeminate and womanish are generally used in a
          reproachful sense; feminine and womanly, applied to
          women, are epithets of propriety or commendation.
  2. \Ef*fem"i*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Effeminated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Effeminating}.]
    To make womanish; to make soft and delicate; to weaken.
          It will not corrupt or effeminate children's minds.
  3. \Ef*fem"i*nate\, v. i.
    To grow womanish or weak.
          In a slothful peace both courage will effeminate and
          manners corrupt.                         --Pope.
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