Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
If they find the old governments effete, worn out, . . . they may seek new ones.
effete = incapable of efficient action; no longer productive
The monastic system is now effete altogether.
effete = sterile, barren, weak, ineffectual; degenerate
That's what these square, effete types did, I eventually figured: they listened to Bartok and bathed a lot.
But ministers from the conservative Liberal Democratic party were more circumspect in their criticism.
Walesa was circumspect in discussing his political actions.
circumspect = heedful of potential consequences
The restaurant is stuffy, pretentious, and ridiculously expensive.
pretentious = showy
(pretentious people put on airs, try to appear more important than they are)
I have devoted myself to knowledge, while you prefer puerile things like prose, rhythm and metre.
puerile = displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; silly
Matter hath no life nor perception, and is not conscious of its own existence.
perception = the faculty of perceiving; the faculty, or peculiar part, of man's constitution by which he has knowledge through the medium or instrumentality of the bodily organs; the act of apperhending material objects or qualities through the senses
This experiment discovereth perception in plants.
Events confirmed our perception that she had been treated unfairly.
perception = the quality, state, or capability, of being affected by something external; sensation; sensibility
I would agree; she will not go under any circumstances.
Our absence was due to circumstances beyond our control.
circumstance = a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
(circumstances = situation; conditions; state of affairs; the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event)
Thank you for your efforts.