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Sharon O'Brien writes, "During the late nineteenth century--the 1890's in particular--many Americans combated their fear of overcivilization, effeteness, and fin-de-siecle decadence by embracing the cult of manhood, strenuous living, and military vigor for which.
This substitution of energyless wondering for action is a gesture of effeteness, a comic lassitude.
The difference then devolves on a disagreement about whether the agreed non-aesthetic features determine grace (and thus merit) as opposed to effeteness (and thus demerit).
Since it is not always possible to discern false whites, Moreau suggests traits like effeteness, weakness, or debilitation.
Provincial writers took from Baxter's address praise for themselves as initiators of the true path for New Zealand writing, and vindication of all their efforts to throw out Late Colonial effeteness and to 'create' New Zealand for its people.
It reflected a German tradition of hostility to the Enlightenment which culminated in the 'Ideas of 1914', but it also represented a kind of self-hatred on the part of some academics, a feeling of effeteness in the face of the crude energy of this new ultra-nationalist movement which was apparently welling up from the depths of the nation.
Witty and self-indulgent, Wilde cultivated an image of effeteness with his velvet knee-pants and large carnation in his buttonhole.
Wells's first novel, despite its exuberant style, is a delineation of unfulfilled hope in which the Time Traveler's dreams for a future founded upon scientific technology and social organization are dashed by a vision of humankind reduced to a level of brutality or effeteness, then finally extinguished.
Results show among the eight fold kinds in order to evaluate satisfaction index of educational services by who answered are more interested in doing public educational periods, saving from debris and height has a great effeteness on better servicing and ranking average of 3/90 it has the most important one for people who answered and it was enough some cultural activities such as radio and television commercial which is to extent in the culture of following immunity recommendation and with ranking average of 2/71 has the least importance.
But, taken as a whole, Samaras' work labors under a specter of effeteness.
Everything about the appearance of James Merrill's latest book--its title, its cover portrait of the author as a sensitive, spectacled young man, its snapshots of family and friends--smacks of stylish decadence, undisguised fin-de-siecle effeteness, only too well confirmed by the text.