Effeminate

Definition of Effeminate

Ef`fem´i`nate
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.
- Bacon.
An effeminate and unmanly foppery.
- Bp. Hurd.
2.Womanlike; womanly; tender; - in a good sense.
Gentle, kind, effeminate remorse.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To make womanish; to make soft and delicate; to weaken.
[imp. & p. p. Effeminated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Effeminating .]
It will not corrupt or effeminate children's minds.
- Locke.
v. i.1.To grow womanish or weak.
In a slothful peace both courage will effeminate and manners corrupt.
- Pope.

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