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effete


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Effete  \Ef*fete"\,  a.  [L.  effetus  that  has  brought  forth, 
  exhausted;  ex  +  fetus  that  has  brought  forth.  See  {Fetus}.] 
  No  longer  capable  of  producing  young,  as  an  animal,  or  fruit, 
  as  the  earth;  hence  worn  out  with  age;  exhausted  of  energy; 
  incapable  of  efficient  action  no  longer  productive;  barren; 
  sterile. 
 
  Effete  results  from  virile  efforts.  --Mrs. 
  Browning 
 
  If  they  find  the  old  governments  effete,  worn  out  .  . 
  .  they  may  seek  new  ones.  --Burke. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  effete 
  adj  :  marked  by  excessive  self-indulgence  and  moral  decay;  "a 
  decadent  life  of  excessive  money  and  no  sense  of 
  responsibility";  "a  group  of  effete  self-professed 
  intellectuals"  [syn:  {decadent}] 




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