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Effeminate, adj. like a woman; 1) soft, tender-hearted: “well we know your tenderness of heart and gentle, kind, e. remorse,” R3 III, 7, 211.
2) weak, unmanly, cowardly: “none do you like but an e. prince,” H6A I, 1, 35. “shall we at last conclude e. peace?” V, 4, 107. “an e. man in time of action,” Troil. III, 3, 218. Rom. III, 1, 119.
3) capricious, humorous: “at which time would I, being but a moonish youth, grieve, be e., changeable,” As III, 2, 430. “which he, young wanton and e. boy, takes on the point of honour to support,” R2 V, 3, 10.
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