- without vigor, force, or strength; languid.
Origin of enervated
[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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Related Wordsweakened, debilitated, tired, incapacitated, limp, spent, languishing, deteriorated, fatigued, prostrate, paralyzed, enfeebled, undermined, unnerved, sapped, feeble, lackadaisical, languid, listless
Examples from the Web for enervated
Their contact with the Mussalmans has neither relaxed nor enervated that condition.Les Parsis
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.Original Short Stories, Volume 10 (of 13)
Guy de Maupassant
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.Basil
- (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 enervated
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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