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Feminine (adjective)

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Féminine. adj. [fæmininus, Latin.]

  1. Of the sex that brings young; female.

    Thus we chastise the god of wine
    With water that is feminine,
    Until the cooler nymph abate
    His wrath, and so concorporate.

  2. Soft; tender; delicate.

                            Her heav'nly form
    Angelick, but more soft and feminine.
    Milton's Parad. Lost.

  3. Effeminate; emasculated.

    Ninias was no man of war at all, but altogether feminine and subjected to ease and delicacy. Raleigh's Hist. of the World.

Sources: Cleveland, John (10) · Milton, John (449) · Raleigh, Walter (68)

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