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I could keep only the effect of its expression and the few tones of your voice I heard.

How were they to effect these apparently incompatible objects?

How little has been the effect of this example on the conduct of the enemy!

But he has played so many of these jokes that they begin to lose their effect.

If it were, to whom could I appeal with effect against a husband?

But what would be the effect of the other discovery we have imagined?

The depression in business also had its effect upon the country.

Mr. Gladstone defended the ministerial action with spirit and effect.

Why, truly, his last will shewed what effect your smooth obligingness had upon him!

Once he was about to throw open the door and try the effect of a surprise attack.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "a result," from Old French efet (13c., Modern French effet) "result, execution, completion, ending," from Latin effectus "accomplishment, performance," from past participle stem of efficere "work out, accomplish," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + facere "to do" (see factitious).

Meaning "impression produced on the beholder" is from 1736. Sense in stage effect, sound effect, etc. first recorded 1881. The verb is from 1580s. Related: Effecting; effection.

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