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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.


[ɪˈfiːtnɪs] Ncansancio m
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There is another young lady here, who is less abnormally developed than the one I have just described, but who yet bears the stamp of this peculiar combination of incompleteness and effeteness.
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Such a standard aims at "discrediting the subjective and historically contingent" (Ardis, New 57), with which women writers in particular are frequently associated by masculinist moderns, who deployed "the language of effeteness and effeminacy" (Freedman xvi) to differentiate and distance themselves from male and female precursors alike: "even a cursory glance at the misogynist rhetoric that attended the male modernists' anti-Romantic program," Cassandra Laity writes, "suggests familiar dismissals of effeminate men's and women's writing" (2).
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