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effeminate rate
(Adult / Slang)
In a male, characterized by feminine manner and speech, possessing qualities or characteristics more often associated with women than men, affecting stereotypical female mannerisms. Generally used in a mocking or reproachful sense.
Etymology: From the Latin effeminare, meaning to make feminine; entered English in the 15 th century.
Synonyms: female; flaming; limp-wristed; non-manly; pansy; sissyish; unmanly; womanish.


(1) Francis Bacon (1561-1626): ' The king, by his voluptuous life and mean marriage, became effeminate, and less sensible of honor.'

(2) Alexander Pope (1688-1744): ' In a slothful peace both courage will effeminate and manners corrupt.'

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