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(of animals or plants) no longer capable of reproduction
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After Wilde's trials, Carpenter and Ellis promoted a sturdy, vigorous, and affable homoeroticism, which they calculatedly distanced from the aesthetic effeteness that Wilde had made so socially suspect.
The European engineers having scientific and technological knowledge on structural system of buildings were experts in making scientific calculations pertaining to designs of structural members resulting cost effeteness and ensuring desire strength of roofs.
Corresponding to the politically troubling times when Charters and Caldicott reached top exposure was another upper-class leader who, shorn of their effeteness, embodied the public-shool ethos: the old Harrovian Winston Churchill (Addison 2).
This session will examine the causes of organizational inefficiency and identifies proven approaches that can be taken to align organizational resources for current operational effeteness and future strategic success.
and its insolently reversible ending, is an awful monument to the pursuit of style for its own absolute sake." (73) If we imagine, however, that the behavior and appetites of the devotees of the indoor Caroline playhouses were merely refined to the point of effeteness, we will be swallowing their paratextual propaganda and ignoring some rather significant facts.
Even as it gives liberals the heebie-jeebies, such barroom braggadocio is catnip to the right, which sees it as an antidote to the weaseling effeteness of the Democratic elite.
Kenneth Paul Tan has pointed out that NS is not merely about the defense of the nation, but is "the antidote to the effeteness and complacency that are commonly thought to accompany affluence, better education, and modern lifestyles" (K.P.
It is worth mentioning that the scenarios which are used in this work are mainly chosen to demonstrate the effeteness of the proposed technique.
Here Fronto could easily have expatiated on the odious comparison between African hardiness and Roman effeteness that underlies Sallust's approach to historiography, but there is no hint of such.
Recall that Fanon's criticism of a black bourgeoisie was more about its effeteness, pettiness and senility than about its being bourgeois per se.
The gay playwright Tennessee Williams recorded in his memoir a 1945 incident in which he and Bernstein joined a pair of "piss-elegant queens" for lunch whom Bernstein (to Williams's professed embarrassment) then attacked for their effeteness: "When the revolution comes," he told them, "you will be stood up against a wall and shot." (47) Secrest notes an "intractable contradiction" here in that these men belonged to the same type Bernstein tended to pursue sexually.
If their transmissions include the how-to manual on several scientific or technological conundrums, would relying on a "nanny" E.T.'s guidance--knowing that the answers are already "out there"--lead to an effeteness and lethargy of R&D and scientific inquiry?