Definitions for effeteɪˈfit
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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"
Of substances, quantities etc: exhausted, spent, worn-out.
Of people: lacking strength or vitality; feeble, powerless, impotent.
Origin: From effetus.
no longer capable of producing young, as an animal, or fruit, as the earth; hence, worn out with age; exhausted of energy; incapable of efficient action; no longer productive; barren; sterile
Origin: [L. effetus that has brought forth, exhausted; ex + fetus that has brought forth. See Fetus.]
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
We are supposed to be the children of Seth; but Seth is too much of an effete nonentity to deserve ancestral regard. No, we are the sons of Cain, and with violence can be associated the attacks on sound, stone, wood and metal that produced civilization.
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