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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ef·fem·i·nate /-nət/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ef·fem·i·nate a.
 1. Having some characteristic of a woman, as delicacy, luxuriousness, etc.; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; womanish; weak.
    The king, by his voluptuous life and mean marriage, became effeminate, and less sensible of honor.   --Bacon.
    An effeminate and unmanly foppery.   --Bp. Hurd.
 2. Womanlike; womanly; tender; -- in a good sense.
    Gentle, kind, effeminate remorse.   --Shak.
 Note:Effeminate and womanish are generally used in a reproachful sense; feminine and womanly, applied to women, are epithets of propriety or commendation.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ef·fem·i·nate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Effeminated p. pr. & vb. n. Effeminating ] To make womanish; to make soft and delicate; to weaken.
    It will not corrupt or effeminate children's minds.   --Locke.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ef·fem·i·nate, v. i. To grow womanish or weak.
    In a slothful peace both courage will effeminate and manners corrupt.   --Pope.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: having unsuitable feminine qualities [syn: emasculate, epicene,
              cissy, sissified, sissyish, sissy]
      2: characterized by excessive softness or self-indulgence; "an
         effeminate civilization" [syn: weak]