[verb en-er-veyt; adjective ih-nur-vit]
- to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.
Origin of enervate
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Examples from the Web for enervate
Why, indeed, plunge into dissipations which enervate the body and dull the brain?Devil Stories
He had learned the art from them, and London had scarce had time as yet to enervate him.The Late Tenant
She was careful not to enervate him by luxury or weak indulgence.De La Salle Fifth Reader
Brothers of the Christian Schools
Shun all that may enervate or diminish your youthful energies.Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826 Vol. 2
Then as they are almost all fighting men (tata toa) they are restricted that they may not weaken or enervate themselves.A Voyage to the South Sea
- (tr) to deprive of strength or vitality; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate
- deprived of strength or vitality; weakened
C17: from Latin ēnervāre to remove the nerves from, from nervus nerve, sinew
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Word Origin and History for enervate
c.1600, from Latin enervatus, past participle of enervare "to weaken" (see enervation). Related: Ennervated; ennervating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To remove a nerve or nerve part.
- To cause weakness or a reduction of strength.
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