effete effete  /ɛ ˈfit/


  • (adj) marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay


  1. Sure they're pasty, effete and live in the past, but the great thing about the English is that they seem smart even when acting stupid.
  2. Ironic, amid the effete fashionistas, that she's the one the audience identifies with as an everyday American.
  3. This effete Marxist who is now our chief executive is a liar and a fool.


  1. Are You a Pajamerican or in the Confeduckeracy? Decide Now.

    An ad from Organizing For Action, an advocacy group unaffiliated with the Obama administration, raised conservative ire on Wednesday with its depiction of the sort of "effete" man (meaning: "gay") that backs President Obama. Then, on Wednesday evening, A&E suspended Phil Robertson, one of the heavily-bearded and incessantly-eye-shaded stars of Duck Dynasty, after he explained to GQ that being ...
    on December 19, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  2. Conservatives Really Hate the Obamacare Flannel-Pajamas Hipster

    The White House social media's team insistence on trying to meme-ify everything, often with embarrassing results, has hit peak right-wing backlash with the goofy image above, because the only thing worse than trying to provide health insurance for millions of Americans is an effete young man who looks like he went to a liberal-arts college.
    on December 18, 2013     Source: New York Magazine


  1. Stewart used best-picture nominee "Capote," about gay author Truman Capote, to set up a "Brokeback Mountain" wisecrack, saying the film "showed America not all gay people are virile cowboys. Some are actually effete New York intellectuals. It's...
    on Mar 5, 2006 By: Truman Capote Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. Limbaugh, who has been urging people to vote for Clinton to prolong the Democratic primaries, said this week, "Barack Obama has shown he cannot get the votes that Democrats need to win: blue-collar working people. He can get effete snobs. He can get...
    on May 9, 2008 By: Rush Limbaugh Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  3. Palin described Halcro in the book as a "wealthy, effete young chap who had taken over his father's local Avis Rent A Car, and he starred in his own car commercials."
    on Nov 18, 2009 By: Sarah Palin Source: MiamiHerald.com

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decadent decadent
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