muliebrity

noun
mu·​li·​eb·​ri·​ty | \ ˌmyü-lē-ˈe-brə-tē How to pronounce muliebrity (audio) \

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Muliebrity has been used in English to suggest the distinguishing character or qualities of a woman or of womankind since the 16th century. (Its masculine counterpart, "virility," entered the language at about the same time.) "Muliebrity" comes from Latin mulier, meaning "woman," and probably is a cognate of Latin mollis, meaning "soft." "Mollis" is also the source of the English verb "mollify"-a word that implies a "softening" of hurt feelings or anger.

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with her lovely outfit and graceful manners, she was the epitome of matronly muliebrity

First Known Use of muliebrity

circa 1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for muliebrity

Late Latin muliebritat-, muliebritas, from Latin muliebris of a woman, from mulier woman

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“Muliebrity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muliebrity. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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