Peter Klaven, the effete, air bass-slapping, Rush-loving, groom-to-be played by Paul Rudd, is initially a hopeless cause.
How do you mold an effete movie actor into a believable paramilitary soldier?
The inmates of FX consider Viva to be effete, soft and unserious.
Socratic dialogue during strenuous exercise: take that, effete philosophers!
Unlike their effete northeastern shadows, country boys rarely fade away.
Some of the carbon and effete nitrogenous matter is kept back.
They call us rough, and we try to get even by terming them effete.
Life and property were as safe there, sir, as anywhere among the corrupt cities of the effete East.
In fine, it will become old and effete, no less truly than the individual.
The freeborn independence of a whole nation, irrespective of colour, shocked the effete stranger's breath away.
1620s, from Latin effetus (usually in fem. effeta) "exhausted, unproductive, worn out (with bearing offspring), past bearing," literally "that has given birth," from a lost verb, *efferi, from ex- "out" (see ex-) + fetus "childbearing, offspring" (see fetus). Figurative use is earliest in English; literal use is rare. Sense of "exhausted" is 1660s; that of "intellectually or morally exhausted" (1790) led to "decadent" (19c.).