What does effete mean?

Definitions for effete
ɪˈfitef·fete

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decadent, effeteadjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. effeteadjective

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

    Etymology: From effetus.

  2. effeteadjective

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

    Etymology: From effetus.

  3. effeteadjective

    Decadent, self-indulgent.

    Etymology: From effetus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effeteadjective

    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

    Etymology: [L. effetus that has brought forth, exhausted; ex + fetus that has brought forth. See Fetus.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Effete

    ef-fēt′, adj. exhausted: worn out with age. [L. effētus, weakened by having brought forth young—ex, out, fetus, a bringing forth young.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of effete in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of effete in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of effete in a Sentence

  1. Jan Smuts:

    Nazism ... destroys the very soul of our civilization ... I have not taken the same grave view of Bolshevism, for it never was clear to me that Bolshevism, in spite of its brutalities and cruelties, really threatened the essentials of our ethical civilization. And after all it was a revolution of a semi-barbarous people against a rotten government and an effete church. Nazi-ism in highly cultured Germany is a very different affair.

  2. Anthony Burgess:

    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.

  3. Spiro Agnew:

    A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. abase
    • B. affront
    • C. embellish
    • D. efface

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