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English noun: effeminacy

1. effeminacy (attribute) the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)

SamplesThe students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy.
Spartans accused Athenians of effeminateness.
He was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him.

Synonymseffeminateness, sissiness, softness, unmanliness, womanishness

Broader (hypernym)femininity, muliebrity

Narrower (hyponym)emasculation

Domain usagedepreciation, derogation, disparagement

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