Origin of effete
Examples from the Web for effete
Some critics have made the same sorts of arguments about the remote and effete president.
Unlike their effete northeastern shadows, country boys rarely fade away.Let Us Now Praise Famous Rednecks and Their Unjustly Unsung Kin|Allison Glock|August 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The courtiers were an effete and in some cases epicene crew.
It sees test scores as effete and irrelevant, like the older privileges of birth.We Need More Class Traitors: Solving America’s Meritocracy Problem|Jedediah Purdy|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When I went to basketball camp, the boys from the real West Virginia would make fun of us effete Morgantown kids.In West Virginia Water, an Environmental Nightmare Borders on Crisis|Michael Tomasky|January 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The lace work of 15th century Gothic is not a lie, it is an effete form.Belcaro|Vernon Lee
Effete and powerless, attacked on all sides, the old rulers are soon swept away by the breath of insurrection.The Conquest of Bread|Peter Kropotkin
If we don't like it, we can get on the steamer and go abroad, where we may visit the effete monarchies and have a high old time.Comic History of the United States|Bill Nye
There is no doubt of their power to promote evacuations of effete accumulations from the kidneys, skin and bowels.Saratoga and How to See It|R. F. Dearborn
These are operas which will keep Italian opera alive, if that effete institution can be preserved by mortal means.Verdi: Man and Musician|Frederick James Crowest
British Dictionary definitions for effete
Word Origin for effete
Word Origin and History for effete
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.).