Effete definitions

ĭ-fēt'
Depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted.

The effete monarchies of Europe.

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Effeminate.
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No longer capable of producing; spent and sterile.
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Lacking vigor, force of character, moral stamina, etc.; decadent, soft, overrefined, etc.
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No longer productive; infertile.
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Effeminate; unmanly.
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The definition of effete is someone who lacks vigor or is too soft or over refined, or something that is no longer producing.

When no one listens to the leader of the group any more and his power has essentially diminished to nothing, this is an example of an effete leader.

When academics think that they are intellectually superior to everyone, this is an example of when they might be described as effete.

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Characterized by extreme refinement or self-indulgence, often to the point of unworldiness or decadence.
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Having or reflecting an attitude of social superiority; pretentious or snobbish.
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(now rare) Of people: lacking strength or vitality; feeble, powerless, impotent.
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Origin of effete

Latin effētus worn out, exhausted ex- ex- fētus bearing young, pregnant dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots