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  • n. The property of being effete.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being effete; exhaustion; barrenness.


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  • I smell a kind of effeteness, a chorus of snarling, whimpering whiners who feed their egos by snarling and whimpering and little else.

    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Now this "effeteness", the Latin root of this word is "effetus", fetus, fruitful, "More at Feminine" Impotent, sissy, faggy, Fruit "is yet another term for us" sissy boys "in American High schools.

    Pak Tea House

  • Except for the rule of law, common defense, and education, dependency on government gives birth to effeteness or vassalage.

    Bruce Fein: At the Edge of Self-Destruction

  • For me, he's fascinating as one of those ironic antiheroes, subverting the champion in his neoteny/effeteness, in his innocence -- everyboy rather than everyman.

    A Theory of Modes and Modalities

  • Say the word "English", and on minces a monster of effeteness with an epicene flunky.

    Caledonia; The Gospel at Colonus; Vieux Carré

  • "Considering the amount of Spurs fans of all genders who are smitten with VDV, I don't think accusations of effeteness are particularly bothersome," simpers Gisselle Callejas.

    Tottenham v Werder Bremen - as it happened

  • It's a character role playing a 33rpm playing on a 45 weird off version of a southern gentlemen with a bad accent, icky effeteness, and weirdly subdued.

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • A few other flowers may be as sweet, but jasmine is sweet without sentiment, sweet without effeteness, sweet without compromise; it is aggressively sweet, outrageously sweet: "I am sweet, " says the jasmine, -and if you don't like it, you can kiss my sweet ass.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • It is indeed difficult to avoid noticing the physical similarity among so many of our right-wing warriors who mock the alleged effeteness and lack of masculinity of their political opponents and who engage in chest-beating war dances and emphasize the need for manly courage and resolve, in the form of more wars fought by others, brutal interrogation techniques and the like.

    Matthew Yglesias » Stay Classy, Conservative Blogosphere

  • The 'young generation' has displayed an aspect of effeteness, carefully concealed beneath a shimmer of echoes.

    Karin Boye - a biographical profile - 5


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