American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1

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Author: Noah Webster

Effeminate

EFFEM’INATE, a. [L. effoeminatus, from effoeminor, to grow or make womanish, from foemina, a woman. See Woman.]

1. Having the qualities of the female sex; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; tender; womanish; voluptuous.

The king, by his voluptuous life and mean marriage, became effeminate, and less sensible of honor.

2. Womanish; weak; resembling the practice or qualities of the sex; as an effeminate peace; an effeminate life.

3. Womanlike, tender, in a sense not reproachful.

EFFEM’INATE, v.t. To make womanish; to unman; to weaken; as to effeminate children.

EFFEM’INATE, v.i. To grow womanish or weak; to melt into weakness.

In a slothful peace courage will effeminate.

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Effeminate," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed April 23, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CMQQTYD6RI68F8I.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Effeminate." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 23 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CMQQTYD6RI68F8I.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Effeminate' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 23 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CMQQTYD6RI68F8I.