Effete meaning

ĭ-fēt
Lacking vigor, force of character, moral stamina, etc.; decadent, soft, overrefined, etc.
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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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Depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted.

The effete monarchies of Europe.

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(archaic) No longer productive; infertile.
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No longer capable of producing; spent and sterile.
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Effeminate; unmanly.
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(now rare) Of people: lacking strength or vitality; feeble, powerless, impotent.
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Effeminate.
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Origin of effete

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin effetus (“that has given birth; exhausted”).

    From Wiktionary