- 1(Of a person) affected, overrefined, and ineffectual: effete trendies from art collegeMore example sentences
- They saw us with our floppy fringes and effete mannerisms and went mental.
- Being perceived as an effete art student often made the dressing room a very uncomfortable place for me.
- I think it's important to read because it makes clear that he's not some effete lefty urbanite like me: he's a sober heartland working-class American who knows whereof he speaks.
- 1.1No longer capable of effective action: the authority of an effete aristocracy began to dwindleMore example sentences
weak, enfeebled, enervated, worn out, exhausted, finished, drained, spent, powerless, ineffectual
- The British bourgeoisie is not subaltern to an effete but tenacious aristocracy.
- The aristocracy are slightly unreal and living in an effete world.
- The effete aristocrats must rely on the butler's practical skills to survive, and the balance of power shifts from master to servant.
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- For the last several days, crime has taken on hitherto unheard of proportions - almost daily on radio, TV and in the print media, the public is reminded of the apparent effeteness of the police in the face of mounting crime.
- For all his surface effeteness, he never lacked courageous depths.
- The U.S. premiere revealed a company with an expansive, athletic, yet centered style of movement that eradicates any lingering notion of English effeteness.
early 17th century (in the sense 'no longer fertile, past bearing young'): from Latin effetus 'worn out by bearing young', from ex- 'out' + fetus 'breeding'; related to fetus.