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- (obsolete) Of substances, quantities etc: exhausted, spent, worn-out.
- (now rare) Of people: lacking strength or vitality; feeble, powerless, impotent.
1929, George Macaulay Trevelyan, History of England: From 1485 to the End of the Reign of Queen Anne, 1714, page 457:
- Amid the effete monarchies and princedoms of feudal Europe, morally and materially exhausted by the Thirty Years' War, the only hope of resistance to France lay in the little Republic of merchants, Holland.
- Decadent, weak through self-indulgence.
1951, Herman Wouk, The Caine Mutiny, page 27:
- a good-humored, effete boy brought up by maiden aunts.
effeminate — see effeminate
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