Saturday, March 10, 2007
Definitions for effete
- No longer capable of producing young; infertile; barren; sterile.
- Exhausted of energy; incapable of efficient action; worn out.
- Marked by self-indulgence or decadence; degenerate.
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Citations for effete
Nor was it only the confirmed anti-democrats who thought democracy effete and worn out.
"Editors", he snorts. "I think most of the editors I knew back East were effete snobs who showed an acute disdain for the sales and marketing side. It made me sick."
Origin of effete
Effete derives from Latin effetus, "weakened by giving birth; worn out, exhausted; effete," from ex- + fetus, "bearing young, pregnant."