Effeteness



[ih-feet] /ɪˈfit/

adjective
1.
lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent:
an effete, overrefined society.
2.
exhausted of vigor or energy; worn out:
an effete political force.
3.
unable to produce; sterile.
/ɪˈfiːt/
adjective
1.
weak, ineffectual, or decadent as a result of overrefinement: an effete academic
2.
exhausted of vitality or strength; worn out; spent
3.
(of animals or plants) no longer capable of reproduction
adj.

1620s, from Latin effetus (usually in fem. effeta) “exhausted, unproductive, worn out (with bearing offspring), past bearing,” literally “that has given birth,” from a lost verb, *efferi, from ex- “out” (see ex-) + fetus “childbearing, offspring” (see fetus). Figurative use is earliest in English; literal use is rare. Sense of “exhausted” is 1660s; that of “intellectually or morally exhausted” (1790) led to “decadent” (19c.).

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