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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EFFETE

No mistaking you for anything but what you are—the sickly product of an effete civilisation.

Only look at the theological quiddities of effete scholasticism.

They call us rough, and we try to get even by terming them effete.

In fine, it will become old and effete, no less truly than the individual.

She scorned the suggestion that a bath-room be added; an effete idea.

Or was it that those other girls beside her elbow were effete and colourless?

For the Corporation of the City of London is so effete that we have no sympathy for it!

"They regard it as the swan-song of the effete British," said O'Rane.

Think of that, ye who talk of the uncommercialism of effete Europe!

The effete and placid Thedor was supported by a Douma (Council) of five.

WORD ORIGIN

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.).

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