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A.Word.A.Day--eonism

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This week's theme: eponyms.

eonism (EE-uh-niz-uhm) noun

Adoption of female clothing and manners by a male.

[After Chevalier d'Éon (1728-1810), a spy and soldier who lived the second half of his life as a woman.]

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"Major Fosdick has converted a not uncommon introversion into eonism."
Robert K. Morris; The Novels of Anthony Powell; University of Pittsburgh Press; 1968.

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