Part of speech: noun

Womanishness; unmanly weakness.

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Usage examples "effeminacy":

  1. We cultivate refinement without extravagance and knowledge without effeminacy; wealth we employ more for use than for show, and place the real disgrace of poverty not in owning to the fact but in declining the struggle against it. - "The History of the Peloponnesian War", Thucydides.
  2. The effeminacy, was, however, relieved by a pair of moustaches, soft, silky, and curling. - "Valerie", Frederick Marryat.
  3. There was no effeminacy connected with his lovable nature; he was quick to resent meanness or deceit, or wrong- doing of any kind. - "Story-Lives of Great Musicians", Francis Jameson Rowbotham.