[ UK /ˈɛfɪmˌɪnəsi/ ]
  1. the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)
    he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him
    the students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy
    Spartans accused Athenians of effeminateness
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How To Use effeminacy In A Sentence

  • It is interesting that one of the biggest selling books of the summer noted, and advocated, this shift towards effeminacy.
  • The following is also a favourite ballad on the battle of Coutras and the death of Joyeuse, the magnificent favourite of Henry III., whose contemptuous remark on his effeminacy was the cause of his exposing himself in the _mêlée_. Béarn and the Pyrenees A Legendary Tour to the Country of Henri Quatre
  • In his Tao of Cricket, Ashis Nandy describes Ranji's game as an "art wholly independent of physical strength and dependent on human will and innovativeness" and he did so using his natural assets "magically born of insufficient training, physical vulnerability and what from the English point of view can only be described as effeminacy". The Times of India
  • Florence, meanwhile, is in the throes of a religious revival led by the Dominican friar who thunders against vice, female luxuries, and male effeminacy.
  • (mixed Lydian and Hypolydian) with drunkenness, effeminacy, and idleness and considers that such music is "useless even to women that are to be virtuously given, not to say to men. Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 Sexual Selection In Man
  • He delighted in every kind of hardihood; and, in his contempt for effeminacy, once said to his mother: Montcalm and Wolfe
  • But Chopin, too, fits certain pariah stereotypes: of effeminacy, sickliness, even degeneracy.
  • the students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy
  • It is this defiant conspicuousness that refuses to dissimulate the mechanics of its own construction that Stubbes links to effeminacy and erotic excess.
  • While the charge of effeminacy had been leveled at adult men for centuries, by the twentieth century the label was applied to little children.
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