- 1Affected, over-refined, 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
- 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.
- 1.2(Of a man) weak or effeminate: he chatted away, exercising his rather effete charmMore example sentences
- He also had a certain masculine mystique about him, unlike the intellectual, artistic and sometimes effete men who were part of her set.
- Most memorable of the main characters was Mr Humphries, senior sales assistant in the menswear department, a camp and effete man, sharp-tongued and as light as a fairy on his feet.
- Yet her effete husband paraded his catamites in front of her; Piers Gaveston even flaunted the Queen's wedding jewellery on his person.
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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.
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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'): from Latin effetus 'worn out by bearing young', from ex- 'out' + fetus 'breeding'; related to fetus.