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effete

adjective uk   /ɪˈfiːt/ us  
literary disapproving weak and without much power: With nothing to do all day the aristocracy had grown effete and lazy. disapproving more typical of a woman than of a man
Translations of “effete”
in Chinese (Traditional) 弱不禁風的, 了無生氣的, 軟弱無能的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 弱不禁风的, 了无生气的, 软弱无能的…
(Definition of effete from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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