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A man who reads effeminate may well be consistently heterosexual, and another one might be gay. We can't read sexuality off of gender.
Judith Butler

Meaning of "effeminate" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD EFFEMINATE

From Latin effēmināre to make into a woman, from fēmina woman.
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PRONUNCIATION OF EFFEMINATE

effeminate  [ɪˈfɛmɪnɪt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF EFFEMINATE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Effeminate is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES EFFEMINATE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Effeminacy

Effeminacy describes traits in a human male that are more often associated with feminine nature, behaviour, mannerisms, style or gender roles rather than masculine nature, behaviour, mannerisms, style or roles. It is a term frequently applied to womanly behavior, demeanor, style and appearance displayed by a male, typically used implying criticism or ridicule of this behaviour. The term effeminate is most often used by people who subscribe to the widespread view that males should display masculine traits and behaviours. Generally, the description is applied to individuals, but may be used to describe entire societies as an inflammatory allegation. Until the modern period, "effeminacy" in the Western tradition referred to a complicated intersection of both social and sexual identities typically associated with females. The ancient Greeks, for example, described whole societies as effeminate if they were characterized by a slavish, deferential, or autocratic political culture. Here, it was the form of sexual relationships, but not the fact of homosexual relations that was critical to the sexual dimension of the term.

Definition of effeminate in the English dictionary

The definition of effeminate in the dictionary is displaying characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; not manly. Other definition of effeminate is lacking firmness or vigour.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH EFFEMINATE


acuminate
əˈkjuːmɪnɪt
agminate
ˈæɡmɪnɪt
cabinet
ˈkæbɪnɪt
conterminate
kənˈtɜːmɪnɪt
definite
ˈdɛfɪnɪt
determinate
dɪˈtɜːmɪnɪt
geminate
ˈdʒɛmɪnɪt
homogenate
hɒˈmɒdʒɪnɪt
indefinite
ɪnˈdɛfɪnɪt
indeterminate
ˌɪndɪˈtɜːmɪnɪt
indiscriminate
ˌɪndɪˈskrɪmɪnɪt
infinite
ˈɪnfɪnɪt
innominate
ɪˈnɒmɪnɪt
minute
ˈmɪnɪt
ordinate
ˈɔːdɪnɪt
predeterminate
ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːmɪnɪt
quadrigeminate
ˌkwɒdrɪˈdʒɛmɪnɪt
staminate
ˈstæmɪnɪt
subordinate
səˈbɔːdɪnɪt
up-to-the-minute
ˌʌptəðəˈmɪnɪt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE EFFEMINATE

effector
effects
effectual
effectuality
effectually
effectualness
effectuate
effectuation
effeir
effeminacy
effeminately
effeminateness
effeminize
effendi
efference
efferent
efferently
effervesce
effervescence
effervescency

WORDS THAT END LIKE EFFEMINATE

aluminate
assassinate
contaminate
coordinate
discriminate
disseminate
dominate
donate
eliminate
fascinate
hallucinate
illuminate
indoctrinate
laminate
marinate
nominate
originate
predominate
ruminate
terminate
urinate

Synonyms and antonyms of effeminate in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «EFFEMINATE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «effeminate» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of effeminate

Translation of «effeminate» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF EFFEMINATE

Find out the translation of effeminate to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of effeminate from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «effeminate» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

柔弱
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

afeminado
570 millions of speakers

English

effeminate
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

स्रैण
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مخنث
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

женоподобный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

efeminado
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মেয়েলি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

efféminé
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Berbakat
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

weibisch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

力強さに欠ける
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

여자 같은
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Effeminate
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nhu nhược
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஆண் தன்மை அற்ற
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

उग्र
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kadınsı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

effeminato
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zniewieściały
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

жінкоподібний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

efeminat
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

θηλυπρεπής
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

verwyfd
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

feminint
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

feminin
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of effeminate

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «EFFEMINATE»

The term «effeminate» is regularly used and occupies the 79.916 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «EFFEMINATE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about effeminate

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8 QUOTES WITH «EFFEMINATE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word effeminate.
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Kevyn Aucoin
Trying to conceal the fact that I was a gay, effeminate, hyperactive, adopted child with a serious lisp in southern Louisiana would have been like trying to hide Dolly Parton in a string bikini!
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Judith Butler
A man who reads effeminate may well be consistently heterosexual, and another one might be gay. We can't read sexuality off of gender.
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Kyan Douglas
I'm all for guys being butch and guys being men. I identify with that and appreciate that. But if I'm going to stab my gay brother in the back who isn't butch and who maybe acts a little bit more effeminate, what good is that?
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Luke Ford
At the time I perceived most religious men, particularly the pastors with all their talk about love, faith and relationship, as effeminate.
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Karl Philipp Moritz
It is a common observation, that the more solicitous any people are about dress, the more effeminate they are.
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Edgar Quinet
An effeminate education weakens both the mind and the body.
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Dan Savage
A lot of kids are bullied because of their sexual identity or expression. It's often the effeminate boys and the masculine girls, the ones who violate gender norms and expectations, who get bullied.
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Thomas Willis
Those who are born of parents broken with old age, or of such as are not yet ripe or are too young, or of drunkards, soft or effeminate men, want a great and liberal ingenuity or wit.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «EFFEMINATE»

Discover the use of effeminate in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to effeminate and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Colonial Masculinity: The 'manly Englishman' and The' ...
It argues that the emerging dynamics between colonial and nationalist politics in the 1880s and 1890s in India is best captured in the logic of colonial masculinity, and it traces the impact of colonial masculinity in four controversies: ...
Mrinalini Sinha, 1995
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Effeminate England: Homoerotic Writing After 1885
Effeminate England focuses closely on the works and lives of several prominent British literary figures of the past century, including E. M. Forster, John Addington Symonds, and Quentin Crisp.
Joseph Bristow, 1995
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A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality
If he is acting effeminate, I know he's frustrated. On the other hand, if he is warm and verbal, I know that he was good at soccer." This mother has made an important observation: she describes "acting effeminate" as the opposite of being warm ...
Joseph Nicolosi, Linda Ames Nicolosi, 2002
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Discerning Spirits: Divine and Demonic Possession in the ...
This is indeed an effeminate age, as Hildegard foretold. — Malleus maleficarum Consecrated by Hildegard of Bingen, the "effeminate age" was consummated by Henry Kramer, author of the Malleus malefkarum. For Hildegard, who originated ...
Nancy Caciola, 2006
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Sexual Behavior: Problems and Management
Though prior to treatment the subject played with girls 57% of the time and spent his lunchtime with them, he may not have been extremely effeminate, as Myrick commented that effeminate boys can be found in almost every school and could ...
Nathaniel McConaghy, 1993
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The Concept of Woman: The Early Humanist Reformation, ...
Supporting this hypothesis is the fact that in other works of Ficino a slightly derogatory tone is given to a man who has feminine characteristics. In his commentary on Plato's Symposium, Ficino uses "effeminate" in order to devalue a man in the ...
Prudence Allen, 2005
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Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in ...
party drunk—were built around effeminate or affectionate qualities and could both suggest and mask the player's sexual interest as well as protect potential sexual partners from perceiving themselves as queer. Many effeminate GIs were  ...
Allan Bérubé, 2010
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Roman Sexualities
Effeminate Signs The indicators of effeminacy that the Roman orator employs fall into three basic categories: dress, adornment, and physical movement and gestures. The categories of course overlap; as I have observed earlier, such fluid  ...
Judith P. Hallett, Marilyn B. Skinner, 1997
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Masculinity and Emotion in Early Modern English Literature
He particularly mocks those gentlemen whose ornate methods of writing are artificial and effeminate: "Nothing is fashionable, till it bee deform'd; and this is to write like a Gentleman. All must bee as affected, and preposterous as our Gallants ...
Jennifer C. Vaught, 2008
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Honor Versus the Amazonian World: (Effeminate Leadership by ...
The seven chapters in this book will not only defend real men, strong men, and their attitudes toward life, but also will prudently examine our changing society in great detail.
Mitchell Edward Milo, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «EFFEMINATE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term effeminate is used in the context of the following news items.
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How Gaming's Breakout Gay Character Came to be
Some suggest that gay male characters must eschew all characteristics that could be described as 'too overt': they cannot be effeminate, ... «IGN, Jul 15»
2
Does London have a homophobia problem within the gay community?
It's there when effeminate men are accused of 'putting it on' — as if being a 'sissy' ever made anyone's life easier (as any camp child who's ... «Evening Standard, Jul 15»
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Joseph Couture: Gays don't know what they've lost by winning same …
... think what it means to be straight is that you shun anything remotely gay and never, absolutely never, do anything perceived as effeminate. «National Post, Jul 15»
4
A Complicated Month for Pride
... been passing for straight—a privilege that many transgender people (not to mention butch lesbians and effeminate gay men) don't enjoy. «Pacific Standard, Jul 15»
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Woman Shuts Down Internet Trolls Who Body Shamed Her Boyfriend
Last year Howard Stern called Sam Smith “ugly,” “fat,” and “effeminate,” and soul singer D'Angelo admitted weight gain had kept him out of the ... «TakePart, Jul 15»
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Shota Aoi transforms: Once-bullied prince now widely loved
As a primary and middle school student, he was bullied because of his “girlish high-pitched voice and rather effeminate face.” Soon he became ... «The Japan News, Jul 15»
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When Dad says, 'Oops, don't watch that video,' what can you do but …
It was a weird show to say the least, made even more bizarre by the inclusion of Jim J. Bullock, a zany and rather effeminate friend of the girls. «Newsworks.org, Jul 15»
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I will create a uni-sexual society: Kalki Subramaniam
My teachers would punish me, I didn't have too many friends because I was effeminate and was constantly an object to bully. Fortunately ... «Merinews, Jul 15»
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Business Briefs: Bravo show stars gay Bay Area real estate agent
... he was portrayed in the first episode and isn't concerned about being pigeonholed into a reality television trope of an effeminate gay man. «Bay Area Reporter, Jul 15»
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The history of the word 'bad', Chapter 2
The consonant l was allegedly lost as in much, from mycel, and in a few other words, while the sense development from “effeminate” to “bad” ... «OUPblog, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Effeminate [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/effeminate>. Oct 2020 ».
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