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effeminate

[ifem′init]
Etymology: L, effeminare, to make womanish
womanly or female in physical and mental characteristics, regardless of biological sex.

effeminate

adjective Referring to a feminine appearance and/or behaviour, especially of or by a man.

effeminate

(ĕ-fĕm′-ĭ-năt)
1. Pert. to a male who has the appearance or mannerisms traditionally considered feminine.
2. Excessively soft, delicate, or self-indulgent.
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Where the state refuses to provide protections to a man beaten for dressing effeminately, or to a woman abused by her husband, this failure of government response makes it possible for the dominant norm to gain influence and become further entrenched.
One day, Evrard meets a man, an extraordinary figure dressed In a scarlet cloak and silk pants with puttees, damnably cut away, with hair effeminately parted in front, and sweeping the tops of his shoulders, looking more like a lover than traveller.
With his face made up more elaborately than a modest woman, he was effeminately dressed up in golden necklaces and soft clothes, dancing for everyone to see in this state," an ancient historian wrote.
Chasnoff wonders about the classmate charged with King's murder, now-15-year-old Brandon McInerney: "He grew up with no one challenging his belief system, so by eighth grade it was so threatening for another boy to express his affection or dress effeminately that he thought to kill him.
Just as the ball fell at his feet Dyer, leaning against the post, effeminately kicked out his right heel.
Among the three smartly dressed officers who were interminably playing cards and had under their command in the village some forty soldiers, the barely perceptible senior position was occupied by the very youngest and most aristocratic -- an effeminately powdered lieutenant.
Although I did not meet anyone who transgressed gender categories, I heard some of my informants speak of men who behave effeminately despite possessing male genitalia.
Two obvious standouts were Richard McMillan's effeminately quixotic Pooh-Bah and the cool shtick of Avery Saltzman's Ko-Ko.
46) Several historians, or mythographers, repeat the distaste that Thalestris, Queen of the Amazons, had for the effeminately clad Alexander the Great.
Macbeth's following scene and his "Tomorrow" speech is also performed in an incongruous atmosphere with the same attendant and doctor, plus a male cook played acutely and effeminately in a manner that would not even be at home in Feydeau.
ADOLF Hitler waves his arms and poses effeminately in leather shorts in pictures he ordered to be kept top secret.
That breed, before it was genetically miniaturized, effeminately domesticated and coiffured, was a paragon of strength, intelligence and superior hunting ability.