Having or showing qualities or characteristics more often associated with females than males; unmanly: "gentle, kind, effeminate remorse" (Shakespeare).
[Middle English effeminat, from Latin effēminātus, past participle of effēmināre, to make feminine : ex-, ex- + fēmina, woman; see dhē(i)- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
ef·femi·na·cy (-nə-sē), ef·femi·nate·ness n.
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