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    Smile What's the opposite of virile?

    Some women find bald men quite virile.
    What's the opposite of virile?

    feminine--> virile?

    I think feminine is the opposite of masculine.

    Thanks!
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    Re: What's the opposite for virile?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    What's the opposite for virile?

    feminine--> virile?

    I think feminine is the opposite for masculine.

    Thanks!
    Depends on the context:

    Virile = strong; antonym = weak
    Virile = masculine; antonym = feminine
    Virile = potent [sexually]; antonym = impotent.

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    Smile Re: What's the opposite for virile?

    Thank you, Anglika.

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    Re: What's the opposite for virile?

    ... and a few others, also depending on context. Here's the BNC's list for 'womanly' (followed by a noun):

    1 WOMANLY FIGURE 2
    2 WOMANLY FEELING 1
    3 WOMANLY EMOTIONS 1
    4 WOMANLY DEPTH 1
    5 WOMANLY CURVES 1
    6 WOMANLY BREASTS 1
    7 WOMANLY ATTITUDE 1
    8 WOMANLY ARTS 1
    9 WOMANLY ACTIVITIES 1
    10 WOMANLY ZEAL 1
    11 WOMANLY WOMAN 1
    12 WOMANLY WILES 1
    13 WOMANLY WAY 1
    14 WOMANLY VIRTUE 1
    15 WOMANLY TEARS 1
    16 WOMANLY STRENGTH 1
    17 WOMANLY STOMACHS 1
    18 WOMANLY SKIN 1
    19 WOMANLY SHIFTING 1
    20 WOMANLY SENSE 1
    21 WOMANLY SCENT 1
    22 WOMANLY RESIGNATION 1
    23 WOMANLY QUALITIES 1
    24 WOMANLY KIND 1
    25 WOMANLY IDEALS 1
    26 WOMANLY GRACE 1
    TOTAL 27
    See more: [Davies/BYU] BYU-BNC: British National Corpus

    Also 'womanish', 'vampish'... maybe others. But Anglika had the main ones.

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    Smile Re: What's the opposite for virile?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ... and a few others, also depending on context. Here's the BNC's list for 'womanly' (followed by a noun):



    See more: [Davies/BYU] BYU-BNC: British National Corpus

    Also 'womanish', 'vampish'... maybe others. But Anglika had the main ones.

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    Hi BobK,

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: What's the opposite for virile?

    A word, all the same, a bit rude might be chichi; which may imply a sort of tendency towards the homosexuality.

    Therefore, that is a kind of like taking someone ten feet under the earth.

    Not a teacher at all though

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    Smile Re: What's the opposite for virile?

    Thank you for your answer, philadelphia.

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    Re: What's the opposite for virile?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    What's the opposite of virile?

    Effeminate, perhaps, is the opposite of virile. (Try Dictionary.com for both synonyms and antonyms.)



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    Smile Re: What's the opposite for virile?

    Thank you very much, RonBee.

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    Re: What's the opposite for virile?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Thank you very much, RonBee.
    Here's an interesting use of "virile"

    "Women from all the countries of the world: muscular, virile, athletic and oozing oestrogen."
    Sex and the Olympic city - Times Online

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