Today's Word "epicene"

Possessing the quality of being effective on

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epicene \EP-uh-seen\ (adjective) - 1 : Having the characteristics of both sexes. 2 : Effeminate; unmasculine. 3 : Sexless; neuter. 4 : (Linguistics) Having but one form of the noun for both the male and the female.

(noun) - 1 : A person or thing that is epicene. 2 : (Linguistics) An epicene word.

"Kitsch must include more than the golden-haired Madonnas, the epicene statues of Jesus, the twee pictures of the infant Jesus... I must also include music, and the words of the liturgy, and hymns as well..." Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, 'Epistemology of the Closet'

Epicene derives from Latin epicoenus, from Greek epikoinos, "common to," from epi-, "upon" + koinos, "common."


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