Word of the day

The word for today is…

effete (adj) – 1.(a) Characterised by extreme refinement or self-indulgence, often to the point of unworldiness or decadence.
(b) Having or reflecting an attitude of social superiority; pretentious or snobbis.
2. Depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted.
3. Effeminate).
4. (Archaic) No longer productive; infertile.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1620s, “functionless as a result of age or exhaustion,” 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 assimilated form of ex “out” + fetus “childbearing, offspring”. Figurative use is earliest in English; literal use is rare. Sense of “intellectually or morally exhausted” (1790) led to that of “decadent, effeminate” (by 1850s).

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