When I went to basketball camp, the boys from the real West Virginia would make fun of us effete Morgantown kids.
It sees test scores as effete and irrelevant, like the older privileges of birth.
Peter Klaven, the effete, air bass-slapping, Rush-loving, groom-to-be played by Paul Rudd, is initially a hopeless cause.
The inmates of FX consider Viva to be effete, soft and unserious.
How do you mold an effete movie actor into a believable paramilitary soldier?
Some of the carbon and effete nitrogenous matter is kept back.
Only look at the theological quiddities of effete scholasticism.
Life and property were as safe there, sir, as anywhere among the corrupt cities of the effete East.
They call us rough, and we try to get even by terming them effete.
The freeborn independence of a whole nation, irrespective of colour, shocked the effete stranger's breath away.
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.).