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feminize

(fĕm′ə-nīz′)
tr.v. femi·nized, femi·nizing, femi·nizes
1. To cause to have qualities that are perceived as feminine: "The compassion ... is so insistently present [in this crime novel] that it feminizes the narrative" (Lee Horsley).
2. To cause (a male) to assume physical characteristics of a female, as through the influence of hormones.

fem′i·ni·za′tion (-nĭ-zā′shən) n.
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Harker's essay ends with the compelling argument that "Knox draws upon the topos of the man feminized by his very heterosexuality, the uxorious male, in order to invert and thus contain the pressing fears of foreign regnal consorts who would in fact fail to be ruled by their royal wives and thus threaten the future of English and Scottish national autonomy and Protestant reform" (47).
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