Part of speech: adjective

Worn out; exhausted; barren.

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Usage examples "effete":

  1. They could not tolerate this union of the church with a pagan state and an effete civilization. - "A Short History of Monks and Monasteries", Alfred Wesley Wishart.
  2. To- day you see them bouncing, buxom, red as cherries, and round as apples; to- morrow they exhibit themselves effete as dead weeds, blanched and broken down. - "Shirley", Charlotte Brontë.
  3. Hence the cause of the triumph of Democracy over effete Autocracy. - "Temporal Power", Marie Corelli.