Synonyms for effete

Grammar : Adj
Spell : ih-feet
Phonetic Transcription : ɪˈfit

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Définition of effete

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.).
  • adj spoiled, exhausted
  • adj unproductive
Example sentences :
  • No mistaking you for anything but what you are—the sickly product of an effete civilisation.
  • Extract from : « Audrey Craven » by May Sinclair
  • Only look at the theological quiddities of effete scholasticism.
  • Extract from : « Erasmus and the Age of Reformation » by Johan Huizinga
  • They call us rough, and we try to get even by terming them effete.
  • Extract from : « The Prairie Mother » by Arthur Stringer
  • In fine, it will become old and effete, no less truly than the individual.
  • Extract from : « Natural Law in the Spiritual World » by Henry Drummond
  • She scorned the suggestion that a bath-room be added; an effete idea.
  • Extract from : « The Heart of Arethusa » by Francis Barton Fox
  • Or was it that those other girls beside her elbow were effete and colourless?
  • Extract from : « The Brentons » by Anna Chapin Ray
  • For the Corporation of the City of London is so effete that we have no sympathy for it!
  • Extract from : « Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 107, December 29th 1894 » by Various
  • "They regard it as the swan-song of the effete British," said O'Rane.
  • Extract from : « Sonia Between two Worlds » by Stephen McKenna
  • Think of that, ye who talk of the uncommercialism of effete Europe!
  • Extract from : « Castles and Chateaux of Old Navarre and the Basque Provinces » by Francis Miltoun
  • The effete and placid Thedor was supported by a Douma (Council) of five.
  • Extract from : « The Rise of the Russian Empire » by Hector H. Munro

Antonyms for effete

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