un effete

effete

[ih-feet]
adjective
1.
lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent: an effete, overrefined society.
2.
exhausted of vigor or energy; worn out: an effete political force.
3.
unable to produce; sterile.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin effēta exhausted from bearing, equivalent to ef- ef- + fēta having brought forth, feminine past participle of lost v.; see fetus

effetely, adverb
effeteness, noun
noneffete, adjective
noneffetely, adverb
noneffeteness, noun
uneffete, adjective
uneffeteness, noun

effeminate, effete, feminine, womanish, womanly (see synonym study at womanly).


2. enervated, debilitated.
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effete (ɪˈfiːt)
 
adj
1.  weak, ineffectual, or decadent as a result of overrefinement: an effete academic
2.  exhausted of vitality or strength; worn out; spent
3.  (of animals or plants) no longer capable of reproduction
 
[C17: from Latin effētus having produced young, hence, exhausted by bearing, from fētus having brought forth; see fetus]
 
ef'fetely
 
adv
 
ef'feteness
 
n

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effete
1621, from L. effetus (usually in fem. effeta) "unproductive, worn out (with bearing offspring)" lit. "that has given birth," from ex- "out" + fetus "childbearing, offspring" (see fetus). Sense of "exhausted" is 1662; that of "morally exhausted" (1790) led to "decadent" (19c.).
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