V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. having lost strength; 2. characterized by excess and self-indulgence; 3. unable to reproduce

Synonyms: weak, powerless, exhausted, decadent, excessive, infertile, depleted, barren

Antonyms: vigorous, prolific, fruitful

Tips: Effete is related to the English word fetus. It can mean "barren" or "worn out," perhaps as someone who has just given birth is temporarily devoid of strength. The definition of "weak," however, is archaic and no longer commonly used. Effete also means over-indulgent and excessive--think of grossly over-eating or indulging on something to the point of fatigue.

Usage Examples:

With no challengers, the champion grew complacent and effete. (weak)

Royalty may be able to indulge effete tastes, but at our house we eat what is set before us. (decadent, overindulgent)

Pampered yet bored, the effete heiress began to seek friends with more interesting lives. (excessive)

When Jolie's doctor informed her that she was effete, she and her husband decided to adopt. (infertile, barren)

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