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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.
By week's end the whole thing was being packaged as a "standoff" between rock-solid American values and the unyielding, dogmatic, yet effeminately puffing French.
Here are some samples from recent correspondence: "I think the following will effeminately fit into your publication." "[Company X] has its figure on the pulse of the content management space." " ...
reviewer (18 November 1959), John Justin, "effeminately ...
(17) Jean Howard concludes in her essay '"Effeminately Dolent": Gender and Legitimacy in Ford's Perkin Warbeck, John Ford: Critical Re-visions, Michael Neill (ed) (Cambridge, 1988), 261-279, that this final act shows how 'the female becomes just another conquered territory, properly subjected to masculine control' (263).
Sexual orientation wasn't initially an issue between them, Lopate says, since "Warren never spoke, acted, or gestured effeminately"--as if limp wrists defined the psychological terrain.
I'm a bit on guard because it's another man on the phone and I've just had that bad experience with the heavy-breathing sex-seeker, but the man's speaking quite effeminately and James seemed to think he was alright, and he's polite, so I relax a little.
As Jean Howard has argued in her article, "Effeminately Dolent" (itself a quotation from Perkin Warbeck), Perkin himself is seen as radically feminized: in addition to the Scottish court's stigmatization of him as "effeminate," she also quotes Gainsford's comment that Perkin's kinsman Nathaniel Osbeck "declared Warbeck to be a counterfeit who had been named Perkin 'for his effeminatenesse and childishnesse.'"(37) Interestingly, Howard considers the essence of his effeminacy to reside not, as one might initially suppose, in his relation to men, but in his relation to women.
But they are not danced effeminately; quite the contrary.
El Civico pathetically monogamous, effeminately in love with La Moreira, "knowing how to be her sorcerer even asleep." La Moreira more pragmatic in sexual matters, always threatening to leave him and still carrying his portrait in a locket.
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." Evrard asks the man asks him who he is, and receives the answer, "I am Evrard de Breteuil".
They were convicted on the basis they "dressed effeminately".