enervated

[en-er-vey-tid]
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Origin of enervated

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

enervate

[verb en-er-veyt; adjective ih-nur-vit]
verb (used with object), en·er·vat·ed, en·er·vat·ing.
  1. to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.
adjective
  1. enervated.

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.

    Basil

    Wilkie Collins


British Dictionary definitions for enervated

enervate

verb (ˈɛnəˌveɪt)
  1. (tr) to deprive of strength or vitality; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate
adjective (ɪˈnɜːvɪt)
  1. 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

enervate

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

enervated in Medicine

enervate

[ĕnər-vāt′]
v.
  1. To remove a nerve or nerve part.
  2. To cause weakness or a reduction of strength.
Related formsen′er•vation n.
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