What does the word effete mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by Charlotte Brontë
  3. Hence the cause of the triumph of Democracy over effete Autocracy. – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli