Definitions for effeteɪˈfit

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent:

    an effete, overrefined society.

  2. exhausted of vigor or energy; worn out.

  3. unable to produce; sterile.

Origin of effete:

1615–25; < L effēta exhausted from bearing =ef-ef - +fēta having given birth, fem. ptp. of lost v.; see fetus


Princeton's WordNet

  1. decadent, effete(adj)

    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"


  1. effete(Adjective)

    Of substances, quantities etc: exhausted, spent, worn-out.

  2. effete(Adjective)

    Of people: lacking strength or vitality; feeble, powerless, impotent.

  3. effete(Adjective)

    Decadent, self-indulgent.

  4. Origin: From effetus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effete(adj)

    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


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