without vigor, force, or strength; languid.

Origin of enervated

First recorded in 1650–60; enervate + -ed2
Related formsun·en·er·vat·ed, adjective


[verb en-er-veyt; adjective ih-nur-vit]

verb (used with object), en·er·vat·ed, en·er·vat·ing.

to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.


Origin of enervate

1595–1605; < Latin ēnervātus weakened (past participle of ēnervāre) equivalent to ē- e-1 + nerv(us) sinew (see nerve) + -ātus -ate1; compare Anglo-French enervir, French énerver
Related formsen·er·va·tion, nounen·er·va·tive, adjectiveen·er·va·tor, nounnon·en·er·vat·ing, adjective
Can be confusedenergize enervate innervate invigorate
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Examples from the Web for enervated

Historical Examples of enervated

  • Their contact with the Mussalmans has neither relaxed nor enervated that condition.

    Les Parsis

    D. Menant

  • Who would not soon be enervated in that tropical and luxurious atmosphere?

    St. Winifred's

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • Then they walked along in silence, enervated by the warmth of the air.

  • Yet ease had not enervated him, nor position made him proud.

    A Man's Value to Society

    Newell Dwight Hillis

  • Do not think that calamity has chilled my heart, or enervated my mind.


    Wilkie Collins

British Dictionary definitions for enervated


verb (ˈɛnəˌveɪt)

(tr) to deprive of strength or vitality; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate

adjective (ɪˈnɜːvɪt)

deprived of strength or vitality; weakened
Derived Formsenervation, nounenervative, adjectiveenervator, noun

Word Origin for enervate

C17: from Latin ēnervāre to remove the nerves from, from nervus nerve, sinew
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Word Origin and History for enervated



c.1600, from Latin enervatus, past participle of enervare "to weaken" (see enervation). Related: Ennervated; ennervating.

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enervated in Medicine




To remove a nerve or nerve part.
To cause weakness or a reduction of strength.
Related formsen′er•vation n.
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