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manhood

noun uk   /ˈmæn.hʊd/ us  
[U] the state of being a man: The story is seen through the eyes of a boy on the verge of manhood. A celebration is held for the boy at the age when he is considered to have reached manhood. [U] the qualities that are considered typical of a man: Tall and handsome, this young actor is Hollywood's ideal of manhood. [U] literary men, especially all the men of a particular country: The flower of the nation's manhood (= the best young men in the country) was killed in the war. [U] a man's ability to express or experience sexual feelings: Why do you think he needs to have so many women around him - is it just a way of proving his manhood? [S] humorous penis
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