- effervescent salt,
Origin of effete
Examples from the Web for effeteness
There was nothing to choose between them in the way of incompetence and effeteness.A History of England|Charles Oman
In these things, he said, lay the greatness of America and the effeteness of England.American Notes|Rudyard Kipling
The Church had created art, had cherished it for centuries; and now by the effeteness of her sons she was cast into a corner.The Cathedral|Joris-Karl Huysmans
The effeteness of the Mother Country is about to be put to the proof.
Word Origin 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.).