ef·​fem·​i·​na·​cy | \ ə-ˈfe-mə-nə-sē How to pronounce effeminacy (audio) \

Definition of effeminacy

: the quality of being effeminate

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In both cases, the disapproval has always betrayed fears of effeminacy. Washington Post, "Édouard Manet spent his final days in excruciating pain — and creating his most thrilling art," 7 June 2019 His taste (in clothes, in food, in decor) marks him as a modern-day dandy, though his imposing frame complicates the stereotypes of effeminacy that many have come to associate with such a label. Manuel Betancourt, The Atlantic, "The Refreshing Queer Sensibility of American Gods," 11 June 2017 Luckily, for me and for Freddie, the stupefying naïveté of the ’70s provided cover for even the most flagrant acts of effeminacy. Jim Farber, New York Times, "Growing Up Gay to a Glam Rock Soundtrack," 3 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of effeminacy

1602, in the meaning defined above

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to take the place or position of

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