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English definition of “effete”

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.Weakness and vulnerabilityGender-related attributesKinds of womenKinds of men disapproving more typical of a woman than of a manWeakness and vulnerabilityGender-related attributesKinds of womenKinds of men
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