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effete - adjective

Lacking in wholesome vigor, degenerate, decadent; exhausted of energy or support, worn out.

A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.

—Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew Speech at a Republican Fund-Raising Dinner, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 19, 1969 Collected Speeches of Spiro Agnew (1971)

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