Synonyms and Antonyms of effete
1 having lost forcefulness, courage, or spirit the soft, effete society that marked the final years of the Roman empire Synonyms of effete decadent, decayed, degenerate, overripe, washed-up Words Related to effete effeminate, overrefined, precious; decaying, declining, dying, failing, waning; debilitated, enervate, enervated, enfeebled, feeble, frail, languid, sapped, soft, wasted, weak, weakened, wimpy; dissolute, immoral; debased, debauched, degraded, demoralized, depraved, dissipated, dissolute Antonyms of effete undecadent
2 lacking bodily strength the Western ranch takes effete youths from comfortable suburbs and turns them into rugged wranglers Synonyms of effete asthenic, debilitated, delicate, down-and-out, weak, enervated, enfeebled, faint, feeble, frail, infirm, languid, low, prostrate, prostrated, sapped, slight, soft, softened, tender, unsubstantial, wasted, weakened, wimpish, wimpyWords Related to effete challenged, disabled, incapacitated, invalid; paralyzed; broken-down, decrepit; impotent, powerless; breakable, flimsy, fragile; dizzy, groggy, rocky, unsteady, woozy; drained, exhausted, flagging, tired, weary, worn-out; damaged, harmed, hurt, impaired, injured, lame, unsound; resistless, susceptible, unresistant, vulnerable, yieldingNear Antonyms of effete able-bodied, athletic, beefy, brawny, fit, husky, muscular, sinewy, strapping, virile; hard, hardy, lusty, red-blooded, robust, sturdy, tough; fortified, hardened, inured, strengthened, toughened; energetic, energized, invigorated, vigorous, vitalized; hale, healthy, sound; capable, competent; convalescing, recovering, recuperatingAntonyms of effete mighty, powerful, rugged, stalwart, stout, strong
3 lacking strength of will or character the governor is too effete to take on the powerful special interests that really run this state Synonyms of effete characterless, weak, frail, invertebrate, limp-wristed, milk-and-water, namby-pamby, nerveless, soft, spineless, weakened, weak-kneed, weakling, wet [British], wimpish, wimpy, wishy-washyWords Related to effete flabby, flaccid, forceless, ineffective, ineffectual; impotent, impuissant, powerless; emasculated, unnerved; lamblike, meek, pliable, submissive; corrupt, dastardly, unprincipled, unscrupulous, villainous; cowardly, craven, fainthearted, lily-livered, nebbishy, poltroon, pusillanimous, sissy, timid; infirm, irresolute, vacillatingNear Antonyms of effete ethical, good, moral, principled, right, righteous, upright, virtuous; determined, mettlesome, resolute, unrelenting; courageous, stalwart, stoutheartedAntonyms of effete backboned, firm, hard, strong, tough
4 of or relating to a man who has or displays qualities considered more suitable for women people were surprised to learn that the effete man played football Synonyms of effete effeminate, epicene, sissified, sissy, unmanly, womanishWords Related to effete feminine, girlish, girlie (or girly), womanlike, womanly; old-maidish, overnice, prissy, spinsterish; dandyish, dudish, foppish, sappy; camp, campy; antimachoAntonyms of effete manlike, manly, mannish, masculine, virile
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