[ UK /ˈɛfiːt/ ]
[ US /ɛˈfit/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. deprived of vigor and the ability to be effective
    fundamentalism has flowered because it has concluded that liberalism is effete, ineffectual and impoverished
  2. affected, overrefined, and effeminate
    the young man spoke in effete, accented English
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How To Use effete In A Sentence

  • It also protects skin from wrinkles and black spots and prevents such geriatric diseases as cerebral haemorrhage, myocardium and brain infarction by removing acid effete matters in time. North Korea Hails New ‘Anti-Ageing Super Drink’ | Impact Lab
  • The story might have him playing an effete easterner converted into a "real" American by the Old West, or demonstrating manly American virtues in decadent Europe or corrupt Latin America, or good-humoredly asserting American common sense in response to vogues like health faddism or pacifism, but in all these plots he was the exact same wholesome, attractive fellow he had always been. The Silent Superstar
  • For Trotsky the f-word was a sign of slavery, the sigh of the oppressed, but for Steven Berkoff it is ‘a sign of passion’, a mark of working-class resistance to an effete and effeminate middle class.
  • He also had a certain masculine mystique about him, unlike the intellectual, artistic and sometimes effete men who were part of her set.
  • It's a cosy, less effete way of nodding to the trend. Times, Sunday Times
  • I think it's important to read because it makes clear that he's not some effete urbanite like me: he's a sober heartland working-class American who knows whereof he speaks.
  • We bless and we curse effetely all the livelong day, vaguely cognizant of some long lost momentousness, too jejune in our materialism to believe in anything. WORLDMag.com
  • To help him, I hold his pen, and click the ballpoint in and out, so it won't go effete and lazy between clues.
  • He wished he could hate them all at the same time, so his hatred would be dissipated, causing him to become an effete nobody sneering at the majority's intellectual pygmyism. An East Wind Coming
  • German fox-hunters tended to be aristocratic, in his view effete and probably Anglophile.
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