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effete

(of animals or plants) no longer capable of reproduction
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The knoll was there, but the Hunnish brambles had overrun and all but obliterated its effete grasses; and the patrician garden-violet had capitulated to his plebeian brother--perhaps had merely reverted to his original type.
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.
Is it that they shall themselves become tyrants over the very men who have given them shelter, and that a state of terrorism and lawlessness should be established under the very shadow of the sacred folds of the starry Flag of Freedom which would raise horror in our minds if we read of it as existing under the most effete monarchy of the East?
THERE is a theory that great civilisations grow because their people are willing to undergo great deprivation, suffering and hardship and then collapse because future generations grow effete as they enjoy the comforts that their forebears' endurance helped to establish.
He said: "The Labour Party doesn't belong to guacamole-dipping, skinny latte-sipping effete types.
Harris also said that he is not a super effete sperson and he has to turn into that.
Yes, that Don Cherry, the tough ex-hockey player and coach and controversial take-no-prisoner sports commentator, a fan of rough play and on-ice enforcers who unrepentantly vents against pushy female reporters in male locker rooms and effete European hockey players.
His own absence at crucial times shows that he is effete and uninterested.
On the plus side, Richard E Grant's effete arch-villain had a nice line in dialogue: "I'll torture you so slowly, you'll think it's a career.
Always the most enigmatic of performers and with long hair and billowing black shirt, frontman Meilyr Jones wore the look of a more effete Bobby Gillespie, and much like the Primal Scream man his physiology appeared to be 90% arms and legs.
Remember how Spiro Agnew said, "A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals"?
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