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Daemon
Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2021 12:00:00 AM
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effete

(adjective) Weak, ineffectual, or decadent as a result of overrefinement.

Synonyms: weak, feeble, ineffectual

Usage: So beautiful is she that I am always ... mentally limiting her capacities to those of the effete and overcivilized beauties of the outer crust.
Mehrdad77
Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2021 2:19:38 AM

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effete (adj.)
1620s, "functionless as a result of age or exhaustion," 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 assimilated form of ex "out" (see ex-) + fetus "childbearing, offspring" (see fetus). Figurative use is earliest in English; literal use is rare. Sense of "intellectually or morally exhausted" (1790) led to that of "decadent, effeminate" (by 1850s).
Mehrdad77
Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2021 2:20:26 AM

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Effete is a disapproving term meaning decadent and self-indulgent, even useless. The stereotype of the rugged Westerner is just as false as the one of the effete East Coast liberal.

Mehrdad77
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The origin of the word effete is a little unexpected. Coming from the Latin effetus "out of, past childbearing," effete meant "exhausted, spent" long before it acquired the sense of morally exhausted and overly refined. This is the main use of the word today. Do you ever wonder why some effete party girls are considered celebrities? Star athletes run the risk of losing their edge and becoming effete posterboys for their sports.

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Emel Rapchan
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Adyl Mouhei
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"In America, art has always been suspect and accused of being effete. We are growing beyond that as a culture, just as San Francisco is growing beyond its fear of modern architecture."


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An effete politician, the minister could not handle things like a professional politician. His refined approach cost him,dear.
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