Definitions for effeteɪˈfit
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent:
an effete, overrefined society.
exhausted of vigor or energy; worn out.
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
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