Definition of effete in English:

effete

Line breaks: ef¦fete
Pronunciation: /ɪˈfiːt
 
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adjective

Derivatives

effetely

adverb
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  • Cricket in Scotland may be a minority pursuit and there will always be those who see it as effetely English, as you say, and therefore to be resisted.
  • Cullen's creative work is often effetely comfortable and self-consciously vulnerable.
  • We want our kids to be educated but we hate elitists who seem over effetely educated.

effeteness

noun
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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.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'no longer fertile'): from Latin effetus 'worn out by bearing young', from ex- 'out' + fetus 'breeding'; related to fetus.

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