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 effeminateness In A Sentence

  • Spartans accused Athenians of effeminateness
  • Bennington was handsome, and, but for his father's blood, the idleness of his forebears would have marked him with effeminateness. Half a Rogue
  • Their faces of men and hair like women doubtless signify their boldness on the one hand and their effeminateness on the other. The Revelation Explained
  • Anointed and fragrant as an Asiatic despot, the strong Ulysses would sometimes revolt against this effeminateness. Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) A Novel
  • Her perfect simplicity of motive and abandonment of selfish, vain effeminateness made her the delight of the great men she met. Memories of Hawthorne
  • Milton, from the extreme elegance of his person and his mind, rather than from any effeminateness of character, was called while in the University, "the lady of Christ's College. Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Volume 2 Great Britain and Ireland, Part 2
  • So that since the excellencies of it may be so easily and so justly confirmed, and the low-creeping objections so soon trodden down: it not being an art of lies, but of true doctrine; not of effeminateness, but of notable stirring of courage; not of abusing man’s wit, but of strengthening man’s wit; not banished, but honored by Plato; let us rather plant more laurels for to engarland our poets’ heads—which honor of being laureate, as besides them only triumphant captains were, is a sufficient authority to show the price they ought to be held in—than suffer the ill-savored breath of such wrong speakers once to blow upon the clear springs of poesy. The Defense of Poesy
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