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effete Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite 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

Ef*fete" adjective
L. effetus that has brought forth, exhausted; ex + fetus that has brought forth. See Fetus.
  1. 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.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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