One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘effete trendies from art colleges’
affected, over-refined, ineffectual, artificial, studied, pretentious, precious, chichi, flowery, mannered
informal twee, la-di-da, pseud
British informal poncey, toffee-nosed
2‘I distrusted the effete young man’
effeminate, unmasculine, unmanly
womanish, girlish, feminine
weak, soft, timid, timorous, fearful, cowardly, lily-livered, limp-wristed, spineless, craven, milksoppish, pusillanimous, chicken-hearted, weak-kneed
informal sissy, wimpish, wimpy, pansy-like
3‘the whole fabric of society is becoming effete’
weakened, enfeebled, enervated, worn out, exhausted, finished, burnt out, played out, drained, spent, powerless
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