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 ?
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.
You are the great Western Barbarian, stepping forth in his innocence and might, gazing a while at this poor effete Old World and then swooping down on it.
Here was I thinking you a new-sprung child of nature; there were you, the belated seedling of an effete aristocracy
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?
There are nations not blinded to Science, not given over hand and foot to effete snobocracies and Degenerate Decadents.
Uncouth, perhaps, and brutal, too, if judged too harshly by the standards of effete twentieth- century civilization, but withal noble, dignified, chivalrous, and loveable.
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.
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.
This wa'n't no effete civilization like it's come to be now.
In the meantime you can relieve your feelings by cursing the one-man power and the effete monarchies of Europe.
the crocodile of the effete monarchies of the Old World.