Meaning: Any person affected, overrefined, and ineffectual. No longer capable of effective action or lacking strength, courage, or spirit.
Synonyms: Weak, enfeebled, Enervated, Worn-out, Exhausted, Finished, Drained, Spent, Powerless, Ineffectual.
Use: The huge wrestler made fun of the effete man who entered the ring to challenge him.
The professional football player became angry when the press referred to him as an effete athlete who had no passion for his sport.
After the surgery, the effete patient was unable to walk for several days.