effete

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj effete 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Effete 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.""If they find the old governments effete , worn out, . . . they may seek new ones."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • effete Past bearing; functionless, as a result of age or exhaustion.
    • effete Hence Having the energies worn out or exhausted; become incapable of efficient action; barren of results.
    • effete Synonyms Unproductive, unfruitful, unprolific.
    • effete Spent, worn out.
    • effete An obsolete spelling of effete.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Effete ef-fēt′ exhausted: worn out with age.
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Quotations

  • Spiro T. Agnew
    Spiro T. Agnew
    “A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. effetus, that has brought forth, exhausted; ex, + fetus, that has brought forth. See Fetus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. effētus, weakened by having brought forth young—ex, out, fetus, a bringing forth young.

Usage

In literature:

Such we find to be the case with those nations of the Old World which are still ruled by the effete systems of a feudal age.
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 6, No. 1, July, 1864" by Various
Here's such a whacking great effet, same as used to be in our pond at home.
"Mother Carey's Chicken" by George Manville Fenn
Or was it that those other girls beside her elbow were effete and colourless?
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
This was what we were coming to after having emancipated ourselves from the trammels of a dead or effete superstition!
"Recollections" by David Christie Murray
Some of the carbon and effete nitrogenous matter is kept back.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
The East seemed effete and far.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
He did not mind very much now ... he saw his aunt and uncle as two people suddenly grown effete, purposeless, incapable.
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
Those ancient seats of learning were not denounced as fossilised, effete, and corrupt.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
And in this one a noble young Chicagoan describes the life of society persons in the effete East.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
On chercherait en vain dans cet air les accens energetiques capables de produire de si etonnans effets.
"Delineations of the Ox Tribe" by George Vasey
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In poetry:

He's slightly effete, completely elite,
His grace unsurpassed, a young prince at mass.
My cardiac wheezing is frantic and panting.
He's enchanting!
"He'S AboutT 22, I'm 63" by Helene M Johnson
--A palace--of an architecture grown
Effete, and weary 'neath its hundred years.
Whence voices vast invoke, instinct with fears,
The thunder in its flights toward the Unknown.
"The Rope-Maker" by Emile Verhaeren
The nations wait to hear thy shout
Of "Independence!" ringing out,
Chief of the Antilles, what wilt thou?
Buffets and gyves from your effete
Old monarchy dilapidate,
Or freedom's laurels for thy brow?
"Cuba" by Hattie Howard
MUTE or loquacious, as chance may require,
Shrewdly complacent, quick to equivocate,
Bluff, bully, browbeat, brag, conciliate,
Cant, sympathise, or jest — both quack and liar —
He is the creature of effete desire;
"Melbourne Sonnets: XI The Agent" by E J Rupert Atkinson

In news:

Some of his fellow jazz pianists find him effete.
It's been hard to avoid Stuff White People Like, the massively popular blog that has risen to prominence by cleverly skewering effete, liberal, upper-middle-class behavior.
The Effete Liberal Book Club.
Effete Liberal Book Club—Eric Foner's 'Reconstruction'.
Reading Schedule for Effete Liberal Book Lovers.
Coming Soon— Effete Liberalism Rides Again.
Effete Liberal Book Club, Cont.
Spiro Agnew denounced a prevailing liberal "spirit of national masochism … encouraged by an effete core of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals".
Effete Liberal Book Club--Walter Johnson's Soul By Soul.
The Effete Liberal Book Club Rises Again.
Effete Liberal Book Club --Walter Johnson's Soul By Soul.
The titular character in Beardo (Ashkon Davaran) shares a thought with the effete tsar (Kevin Clarke).
Effete Liberal Book Club--Walter Johnson 's Soul By Soul.
It's those "effete" types who have most relentlessly persecuted poor Palin—including that devious shill for the liberal elite, Katie Couric.
Sure, they may be effete liberal egg-heads, but it doesn't mean they can't feel hoop fever.
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In science:

Parisse, Effet d’Aharonov-Bohm sur un ´etat born´e de l’op´erateur de Dirac, Asymptotic Analysis, 10(1995), pp.
An extension of the method of characteristic to a system of Partial Differential Operators-- an application to the Weyl equation with external field by "Super Hamiltonian path-integral method"
This difference is actually minor: the exchange effets from which the waves originate are unaffected by the precise nature of the levels - in other words one can, without any loss of generality, assimilate any pair of atomic states to up and down states of a fictitious spin.
Large amplitude spin waves in ultra-cold gases
HD , and use a Lorentzian broadening given by Γ = 0.01t. A finite Γ corresponds to a finite effetive temperature T whose value is propotional to and can be estimated from the width of the peak at V = 0.
Electromagnetic response of high-Tc superconductors -- the slave-boson and doped-carrier theories
Nous d´erivons un principe d’invariance presque sˆur pour les marches al´eatoires en milieu al´eatoire dont les transitions sont donn´ees par des poids index´es par des cycles born´es. A cet effet nous adaptons la d´emonstration pour les marches sym´etriques en milieu al´eatoire de Sidoravicius et Sznitman (Probab.
The quenched invariance principle for random walks in random environments admitting a bounded cycle representation
As we have seen, the effet of Hdim is to favor the creation of domains with spinons at the edges.
Localization of spinons in random Majumdar-Ghosh chains
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