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effete

[ ih-feet ]
/ ɪˈfit /
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adjective
lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent: an effete, overrefined society.
exhausted of vigor or energy; worn out: an effete political force.
unable to produce; sterile.

OTHER WORDS FOR effete

2 enervated, debilitated.
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Origin of effete

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin effēta “exhausted from bearing,” equivalent to ef- “from, out of” (see ef-) + fēta “having brought forth,” feminine past participle of lost verb; see fetus

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH effete

effeminate, effete , feminine, womanish, womanly
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British Dictionary definitions for effete

effete
/ (ɪˈfiːt) /

adjective
weak, ineffectual, or decadent as a result of overrefinementan effete academic
exhausted of vitality or strength; worn out; spent
(of animals or plants) no longer capable of reproduction

Derived forms of effete

effetely, adverbeffeteness, noun

Word Origin for effete

C17: from Latin effētus having produced young, hence, exhausted by bearing, from fētus having brought forth; see fetus
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