effete


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ef·fete

 (ĭ-fēt′)
adj.
1.
a. Characterized by extreme refinement or self-indulgence, often to the point of unworldiness or decadence: "the effete taste of people surfeited with expensive comforts" (R.P.T. Davenport-Hines).
b. Having or reflecting an attitude of social superiority; pretentious or snobbish: "Throughout its amateur era tennis was a country club sport, denigrated as elitist and effete" (Stuart Miller).
2. Depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted: the effete monarchies of Europe.
3. Effeminate: "As a manly adventurer ... [Saint Paul] seemed the perfect rebuttal to our great, if unspoken, fear that the celibate vocation was effete" (James Carroll).
4. Archaic No longer productive; infertile.

[Latin effētus, worn out, exhausted : ex-, ex- + fētus, bearing young, pregnant; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

ef·fete′ly adv.
ef·fete′ness n.

effete

(ɪˈfiːt)
adj
1. weak, ineffectual, or decadent as a result of overrefinement: an effete academic.
2. exhausted of vitality or strength; worn out; spent
3. (Biology) (of animals or plants) no longer capable of reproduction
[C17: from Latin effētus having produced young, hence, exhausted by bearing, from fētus having brought forth; see fetus]
efˈfetely adv
efˈfeteness n

ef•fete

(ɪˈfit)

adj.
1. lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent: an effete, overrefined society.
2. exhausted of vigor or energy; worn out.
3. unable to produce; sterile.
[1615–25; < Latin effēta exhausted from bearing =ef- ef- + fēta having given birth, feminine past participle of lost v.; see fetus]
ef•fete′ly, adv.
ef•fete′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.effete - marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay; "a decadent life of excessive money and no sense of responsibility"; "a group of effete self-professed intellectuals"
indulgent - characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone ; "indulgent grandparents"

effete

adjective weak, cowardly, feeble, ineffectual, decrepit, spineless, enfeebled, weak-kneed (informal), enervated, overrefined, chicken-hearted, wimpish or wimpy (informal) a charming but effete young man
Translations

effete

[ɪˈfiːt] ADJagotado, cansado

effete

adjschwach; personsaft- und kraftlos

effete

[ɪˈfiːt] adj (pej) → decadente
References in classic literature ?
In the meantime you can relieve your feelings by cursing the one-man power and the effete monarchies of Europe.
Uncouth, perhaps, and brutal, too, if judged too harshly by the standards of effete twentieth- century civilization, but withal noble, dignified, chivalrous, and loveable.
Prince, I want you to remember that however effete you may find us as a nation from your somewhat romantic point of view, we have at least realized the highest ideals any nation has ever conceived in the administration of the law.
The knoll was there, but the Hunnish brambles had overrun and all but obliterated its effete grasses; and the patrician garden-violet had capitulated to his plebeian brother--perhaps had merely reverted to his original type.
Here was I thinking you a new-sprung child of nature; there were you, the belated seedling of an effete aristocracy
So beautiful is she that I am always having difficulty in remembering that she is a primitive, half-savage cave girl of the stone age, and often find myself mentally limiting her ca-pacities to those of the effete and overcivilized beauties of the outer crust.
At the sight of the mighty figure reduced to pitiable inefficiency and weakness, despite the knowledge that her protector could no longer protect, the fear of the jungle faded from the heart of the young girl--she was no more a weak and trembling daughter of an effete civilization.
My auxiliaries are the dews and rains which water this dry soil, and what fertility is in the soil itself, which for the most part is lean and effete.
Nobody in Jamaica was anxious to maintain David for the mere pleasure of his society; and those hidden merits of a man which are so well known to himself were as little recognized there as they notoriously are in the effete society of the Old World.
Here is a new enterprise of Brook Farm, of Skeneateles, of Northampton: why so impatient to baptize them Essenes, or Port-Royalists, or Shakers, or by any known and effete name?
This wa'n't no effete civilization like it's come to be now.
the crocodile of the effete monarchies of the Old World.