Effeminate is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of effeminate, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - having unsuitable feminine qualities
EXAMPLES - Effeminate in a Sentence
- This term is correctly translated to the word effeminate or weak. (source)
- Along the way, Stojko takes shots at "effeminate" choreographers too. (source)
- World is 'effeminate' thanks to men's fashion, says President's daughter (source)
- In the King James the first English translation, the term used is "effeminate". (source)
- He continues to launch his demands that "effeminate" (read gay) skaters with their (source)
- You also accused, basically, the whole nation of being "effeminate" for not supporting (source)
- In other cultures he might be described as effeminate and, therefore, be an object of derision. (source)
- "effeminate" and hence threatening to cultural order, especially to the hierarchies of social class and gender. (source)
- Hare, For all that j give me fome of thofc pleafures y oU; call effeminate too; they help to reliihone another*., (source)
- He declared that Roosevelt did not sport "a real man's mustache," and because TR played tennis, he was too "effeminate" for America. (source)
- When I hear the word "effeminate" to describe a man, I imagine a man with mannerisms and speech that one would normally attribute to a woman. (source)
- Taken as a whole, there is something impalpable and immaterial about him, which I will not venture to call effeminate, but which is scarcely manly. (source)
- It's the "unbecoming" part that leads me to associate the word effeminate with a degree of campiness that I don't believe applies to Renly and Loras. (source)
- During the primaries Mitt Romney was keen to emphasize his hunting credentials and erase the perception that he was some kind of effeminate easterner. (source)
- Again, Ryan, you and I may be saying the exact same thing, and are simply arguing around the word "effeminate" rather than our vision of the characters. (source)
- But why would Meyers use a translation that contains the word "effeminate", which requires him to twist and contort the interpretation to make his point? (source)
- In a letter to his wife, Virginia Lou Foster, written soon after the mission, Foster told her that the Nazi leader was "effeminate" and "gave me the creeps." (source)
- Youthful male behaviour in Shakespeare commonly polarizes the differences between the sexes; the men need to show that they are tough lest they appear 'effeminate'. (source)
- Phrynichus 'pieces, or of Agathon's, whom Plato describes as effeminate, but sweet and affecting, and who was a contemporary of Euripides, though somewhat his junior. (source)
- If men engage in homosexual act or a homosexual relationship and they are perceived as being effeminate, that is when they are more likely to be the victims of persecution. (source)
- Zoe who has black hair and is totally the little warrior completely dominates over the kind of effeminate if that can be said about a dog and totally wimpy brown haired Simon. (source)
- We are in the habit of saying that such dress is "effeminate"; and one sometimes hears the remark that such or such an exquisitely attired gentleman is as well dressed as a footman. (source)
- I've been hit on by "effeminate" gay men, and had said "no thank you, you're not my type" and still kept up conversations by the same token, I've been hit on by very masculine women, as well. (source)
- For instance, the King James Version uses the term effeminate which is an offensive term to describe a man whose behavior, appearance or speech is considered to be more similar to that of females. (source)
- Zoe who has black hair and is totally the little warrior completely dominates over the kind of effeminate (if that can be said about a dog) and totally wimpy brown haired Simon (Wash just didn't suit him as a name). (source)
- Ryan, I think for many folks when speaking of someone who is gay, "effeminate" is used by some as polite code for "a flaming queen" or some other more vulgar term for someone who is not as "straight acting" as others. (source)
- What Hippocrates and other Greek observers all tended to conclude was that the rest of the world's subjects must be "effeminate" or else, like the Greeks, they would have demanded -- like real men -- to be left alone by their leaders. (source)
- I wonder how much the boys' recourse to "prescribed" externalizations of genuine depression-- particularly boys who have a real hangup about being "effeminate"-- winds up in the form of almost exclusively emotionally abusive relationships. (source)
- Ignore for a moment the idea that a gay male should use a common anti-gay slur ( "effeminate") to characterize the Canadian character -- which seems pathological -- but why would you want to serve such an unworthy folk in the first instance? (source)
- A kind of effeminate vanity, not uncommon with daring natures (for the bravest races and the bravest soldiers are usually the vainest; the desire to shine is as visible in the fop as in the hero), made him restless both for command and notoriety. (source)
- This is not to say that all women or "effeminate" men are necessarily emotional writers, but if one side of the argument can claim superiority through their "logical" arguments, it's easy for that side to gain further advantage by labeling the other side of the debate as "emotional." (source)
- The adjectives and derivatives based on woman's distinctions are alien and derogatory when applied to human affairs; "effeminate" -- too female, connotes contempt, but has no masculine analogue; whereas "emasculate" -- not enough male, is a term of reproach, and has no feminine analogue. (source)
- And any boy who bucks gender orthodoxy at school by wearing so-called effeminate clothes or showing affection for a male friend may suffer tragic consequences, as did Larry King, the 15 year old openly gay Oxnard middle school student who was murdered by one of his classmates in February. (source)
- That which is soft and effeminate, which is calculated to excite the passions, by multitudes of ambiguous expressions, (not the less dangerous for being so cloaked) should be considered by Christians as an abuse the more deplorable, as it has even been censured and condemned by the pagans. (source)
- His complexion might in itself be called effeminate, its bloom was so fresh and delicate; but there was so much of boldness and energy in the play of his countenance, the hardy outline of the lips, and the open breadth of the forehead, that "effeminate" was an epithet no one ever assigned to his aspect. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 42.0, which suggests that "effeminate" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 5 synonyms for effeminate.
epicene, feminine, womanish, womanlike, womanly
We have 2 antonyms for effeminate.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of effeminate from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Having qualities or characteristics more often associated with women than men. See Synonyms at female.
- (adjective) Characterized by weakness and excessive refinement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Having behaviour or mannerisms considered unmasculine or typical of a woman or girl; feminine.
- (verb) To make womanly; to unman.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Having some characteristic of a woman, as delicacy, luxuriousness, etc.; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; womanish; weak.
- (adjective) Womanlike; womanly; tender; -- in a good sense.
- (verb-transitive) To make womanish; to make soft and delicate; to weaken.
- (verb-intransitive) To grow womanish or weak.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To make womanish; unman; weaken.
- (None) To grow womanish or weak; melt into weakness.
- (None) Having the qualities of the female sex; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; womanish: applied to men.
- (None) Characterized by or resulting from effeminacy: as, an effeminate peace; an effeminate life.
- (None) Womanlike; tender.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) having unsuitable feminine qualities