Definition of effeminacy in English:



  • See effeminate

    • ‘On the other hand, the ancient revulsion against emasculation, effeminacy, and males assuming, or forced into, the passive role of females is far less pervasive today.’
    • ‘While the charge of effeminacy had been leveled at adult men for centuries, by the twentieth century the label was applied to little children.’
    • ‘On the other hand, this over-investment in his appearance marks the king's continuing effeminacy.’
    • ‘It is interesting that one of the biggest selling books of the summer noted, and advocated, this shift towards effeminacy.’
    • ‘The merest hint of effeminacy is treated as treachery to masculinity, and traitors are subjected to the kinds of violence suffered by women.’