AskDefine | Define effete

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effete adj : marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay; "a decadent life of excessive money and no sense of responsibility"; "a group of effete self-professed intellectuals" [syn: decadent]

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  1. Lacking strength or vitality; feeble, powerless, infertile.
  2. decadent, self-indulgent, effeminate


lacking strength

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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