- to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.
Origin of enervate
Related Words for enervatingparalyze, exhaust, devitalize, debilitate, jade, unnerve, incapacitate, weary, enfeeble, disable, fatigue, vitiate, sap, weaken
Examples from the Web for enervating
Contemporary Examples of enervating
Come 6:30, the long, enervating adventure was gaveled close, at last setting everyone free.Obamacare 37, Republicans 0: House GOP Loses Again on Repeal Vote
May 17, 2013
But the slog to November 6th has been dispiriting and enervating enough to put many of us in touch with our inner 4-year-old.A Crying Toddler Viral Video Reflects Cranky, Exhausting Election
November 2, 2012
Historical Examples of enervating
He is measurably freed from the seductions of enervating pleasures.
The darkness enfolded her like the enervating caress of a sombre universe.The Rescue
The past is a dream; and, in the waking present, we should discard the enervating shadow.Alroy
Probably it was due to the enervating effects of civilisation.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
Return to your bracing home, and leave this enervating London!Jill the Reckless
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
- tending to deprive of strength or vitality; physically or mentally weakening; debilitating
- (tr) to deprive of strength or vitality; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate
- deprived of strength or vitality; weakened
Word Origin for enervate
Word Origin and History for enervating
c.1600, from Latin enervatus, past participle of enervare "to weaken" (see enervation). Related: Ennervated; ennervating.
- To remove a nerve or nerve part.
- To cause weakness or a reduction of strength.