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  • He stresses soft force, but there’s nothing effete about him.
  • a group of effete self-professed intellectuals
  • David Hyde Pierce, best known for his role in the sitcom, Frasier where he plays the snooty and effete Niles Crane.
  • He’s a Neanderthal who thinks politeness is an effete weakness.

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  • My auxiliaries are the dews and rains which water this dry soil, and what fertility is in the soil itself, which for the most part is lean and effete.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Manchek disliked Jaggers, who was effete and precious.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • The face in the moonlight looked singularly earnest, and recalled to Marguerite’s aching heart those happy days of courtship, before he had become the lazy nincompoop, the effete fop, whose life seemed spent in card and supper rooms.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Here was I thinking you a new-sprung child of nature; there were you, the belated seedling of an effete aristocracy!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It is not an effete organization.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Also, without being actually positive, it struck him a great field was to be opened up in the line of opening up new routes to keep pace with the times apropos of the Fishguard-Rosslare route which, it was mooted, was once more on the tapis in the circumlocution departments with the usual quantity of red tape and dillydallying of effete fogeydom and dunderheads generally.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • A virile new Britain cannot continue indefinitely to be traduced in the eyes, or rather ears, of the world by the effete languors of Langham Place, brazenly masquerading as "standard English."
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • He looked well-fed, indolent, rich, effete, and supremely self-satisfied.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Compared to the imposing swagger of Prusias, Astaroth was almost delicate, effete.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • There was something extremely unsettling about eyes of such power in a body so frail and effete.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • BOTARD: [to DUDARD] All you get at the universities are effete intellectuals with no practical knowledge of life.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • Even Governor La Fayette, traitorous effete Feuillant dog that he was, seemed enthusiastic about the battle ahead.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • There was nothing of the "effete East" about Alfred Hammond; he might have been a Westerner all his days.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • You are the great Western Barbarian, stepping forth in his innocence and might, gazing a while at this poor effete Old World and then swooping down on it.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Tension, apprehension, and dissension have begun… Maria was introducing another effete, all gush, all cropped copper hair, all fuchsia blouse and Prussian blue culottes.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • I do not speak of the mincing, effete courtesy of these desperate times, but the virile, robust courtesy born in that most violent of times, the Middle Ages.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Five hundred pounders on this run, sleek and effete, one hundred and eight of them at Louis’ drowsy touch, aimed at the Ho Chi Minh trail, a mission based on the bullshit readings of image interpreters who spend their days and nights scrutinizing the itty-bitty blurs on nearly identical frames of recon film that unfurl endlessly across their eyeballs more or less, Chuckie thought, the way the bombs drop endlessly from the B-52s.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
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