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defeminize

(dē-fĕm′ə-nīz′)
tr.v. defemi·nized, defemi·nizing, defemi·nizes
To divest of feminine traits, qualities, or characteristics.

de·fem′i·ni·za′tion (-nĭ-zā′shən) n.
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